The Black-faced Woodswallow is a grey bird with black on the face from the eye to around the bill. The tail is black with white tip. Young birds are browner in colour. It is similar to the Masked Woodswallow (A. personatus) which has a larger face patch that covers the whole side of the head and throat. It may also be confused with the Dusky Woodswallow (A. cyanopterus) which is similar in colour but does not have a black face patch.
open woodland, farmland, near wetlands
insects, and some nectar. It can catch insects on the wing.
It builds a nest made of twigs in a small tree or tree stump. Lays three or four whitish eggs mottled with spots.
The Black-faced Woodswallow is widespread and found throughout most of Australia except Tasmania. It is found west of the Great Dividing Range in New south Wales and Victoria (i.e. not common in coastal areas of New South Wales and Victoria). Also found in New Guinea
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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Relatives in same Genus
Dusky Woodswallow (A. cyanopterus)
White-breasted Woodswallow (A. leucorynchus)
Little Woodswallow (A. minor)
Masked Woodswallow (A. personatus)
White-browed Woodswallow (A. superciliosus)