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Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
SW Queensland, Australia,October, 2016
Melanodryas cucullata

Identification

15–17·5 cm (6-6¾ in)

  • Short thin bill
  • Longish tail

Male

  • Black head and upperparts
  • White outer scapulars
  • Black upper wing
  • White bar across base of remiges
Male showing wing pattern
Photo © by Ken Doy
Outback Queensland, June 2016

Female

  • Brownish-grey head
  • Dark brown wing with a white stripe

Juvenile White speckles on dark brown upperparts, pale wing bar, white underparts

Distribution

Australia: found in Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Female
Photo © by Pearly_Shells
Flinders Ranges, South Australia, July 2004

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • M. c. melvillensis:
  • M. c. picata:
  • M. c. cucullata:
  • South-Eastern Australia (south-eastern Queensland to Victoria and south-eastern [South Australia]])
  • M. c. westralensis:
  • Southern Western Australia, western South Australia and south-western Northern Territory

Habitat

Areas with a few trees, mosty eucalypts and acacias.

Behaviour

Diet

They are usually found feeding on the ground. Their diet consists mostly of insects and arthropods, with the addition of some seeds.

Breeding

Juvenile
Photo © by peterday
Near Normanville, South Australia, November 2019

They build a cup-shaped nest from bark and leaves secured with spiders web. It it placed in a tree hole or crevice. The female incubates the eggs. There may be a second brood.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
  4. Birds in Backyards

Recommended Citation

External Links

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