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© by Neil Fifer
Capertee, Australia], September 2003
Microeca fascinans


5 to 5.5 inches (12.5 to 14 cm)

  • Sandy crown and back
  • White and brownish-grey wings and tail
  • White throat and underparts
  • Whitis supercilium
  • Narrow black line from lores to behind eye


Photo © by Delia Todd
Bowra Sanctuary, Cunnamulla, Queensland, 8 October 2019

Australia and New Guinea.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • M. f. zimmeri:
  • M. f. pallida:
  • M. f. fascinans:
  • M. f. assimilis:


Woodlands and scrub where there are trees and an abundance of insects.



Diet consists insects, beetles, worms, and insect larvae and other small invertebrates. Insects are foraged on the ground and in the air.


They breed in arid areas after rain.
The nest is constructed from grass and roots and is placed in a fork of a tree branch. The clutch contains 2-3 light blue eggs, blotched with lavender and brown. Incubation lasts for 16-17 days. Both parents feed the young birds for 14-17 days. There may be a second brood.


  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. Boles, W. (2020). Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/59325 on 22 February 2020)

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