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  Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Aphelocephala pectoralis)





Chestnut-breasted Whiteface | Aphelocephala pectoralis photo
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Aphelocephala pectoralis), Strzelecki Track, South Australia.

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Chestnut-breasted Whiteface | Aphelocephala pectoralis photo
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Aphelocephala pectoralis), Strzelecki Track, South Australia.

Image by Tony Morris - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Chestnut-breasted Whiteface | Aphelocephala pectoralis photo
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface

Image by Tony Morris - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
The Chestnut-breasted Whiteface is a small desert bird endemic to Australia. It has white face and throat, chestnut band around the chest and chestnut brown back. The top of the head is grey; the wings and tail are also grey. There is a narrow dark band on the forehead separating the white forehead from the crown. This uncommon bird is rarely seen. It is similar in appearance to the Banded Whiteface which has a narrow black band on the chest.

Size
10cm

Habitat
found in stony hilly areas with some cover of bluebush (Chenopodium species) in the inland arid centre of South Australia.

Food
insects and other small invertebrates, seeds

Breeding
The nest is a dome made out of twigs, often in bluebush plant. It lays three small pinkish white eggs speckled with tan spots.

Range
central south Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Acanthizidae
Genus:Aphelocephala
Species:pectoralis
Common Name:Chestnut-breasted Whiteface