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  Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti)





Australasian Figbird | Sphecotheres vieilloti photo
Green Figbird (Sphecotheres viridis) Samsonvale Cemetery, SE Queensland, Australia

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Australasian Figbird | Sphecotheres vieilloti photo
Sphecotheres viridis, Brisbane.

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The male Australasian Figbird is olive green with black crown and grey neck and throat. He has bare, red skin around the eye. The underside of tail is white. The female is brown-green above and dull-white below, streaked with brown. She has grey skin around the eye and does not have black head markings. Males north of Proserpine in Queensland have a yellow front.

Other Names
Sphecotheres viridis

Size
28cm

Habitat
rainforest, wet eucalypt forest, parks and gardens where there are figs and other fruit-producing trees

Food
Figs, other soft fruits and berries, insects

Breeding
Nest is cup-shaped built from vine tendrils and twigs. Nest is attached to a branch of tall tree, up to 20m above ground. Lays two or three eggs.

Range
coastal regions of northern and eastern Australia from the Kimberleys in Western Australia to the New South Wales/Victoria border



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Oriolidae
Genus:Sphecotheres
Species:vieilloti
Common Name:Australasian Figbird