The Apostlebird is a dark grey bird with brown wings and black tail. They are communal birds often seen in groups of six to ten birds. They can become quite tame around farms and around camp sites. The common name comes from its communal living habit - after the Twelve Apostles.
open dry forests and woodlands near water. Also farmland with trees, large parks, orchards.
seeds and plants, insects and other invertebrates.
Apostlebirds form a breeding group of about ten birds. The group has a dominant male and several females and young birds. The nest is a large bowl made of mud and lined with grass, built on a horizontal branch 3m - 20m above the ground. Two to five eggs are laid in a clutch.
eastern Australia in inland areas from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland to northern Victoria and into eastern parts of South Australia.
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