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  Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)





Dusky Woodswallow | Artamus cyanopterus photo
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) parent feeding chicks in a nest at Mortimer Bay, Tasmania, Australia.

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Dusky Woodswallow | Artamus cyanopterus photo
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) parent feeding chicks in a nest at Mortimer Bay, Tasmania, Australia.

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Dusky Woodswallow | Artamus cyanopterus photo
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus

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DUSKY WOODSWALLOW FACTS

Description
The Dusky Woodswallow is a brownish grey woodswallow with dark grey wings. The wings have a distinctive white edge is visible when the bird is at rest. The tail is black with white tip. It is very similar to the Little Woodswallow which has darker brown body and does not have white wing edge. It may also be confused with the Black-faced Woodswallow (A. cinereus) which is larger, greyer in colour and has a black face patch. Young birds are greyish brown streaked with whitish colour.

Size
18cm

Habitat
woodland, open forest

Food
insects, some of which it catches on the wing; also feeds on nectar

Breeding
the nest is a cup made of twigs and grass usually in a tree fork. Lays three or four whitish buff coloured eggs with brownish spots. They may nest in colonies.

Range
Found in eastern half of Queensland mainly below the tropics, most of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and south west corner of Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Artamus
Species:cyanopterus
Common Name:Dusky Woodswallow

Relatives in same Genus
  Black-faced Woodswallow (A. cinereus)
  White-breasted Woodswallow (A. leucorynchus)
  Little Woodswallow (A. minor)
  Masked Woodswallow (A. personatus)
  White-browed Woodswallow (A. superciliosus)