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  Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor)





Little Woodswallow | Artamus minor photo
Little Woodswallow, Bowra Station, Cunnamulla, SW Queenslad, Australia

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LITTLE WOODSWALLOW FACTS

Description
The Little Woodswallow has a dark brown body and dark grey wings. The tail is black with white tip. It is very similar to the Dusky Woodswallow which is significantly larger, has lighter brown body and distinctive white wing edge which is absent in the Little Woodswallow. Young birds are greyish brown streaked with off white. May roost in large groups

Size
12cm - 14cm

Habitat
found woodland, scrub, vegetated rocky areas

Food
feeds on insects

Breeding
nest is made of twigs, grass and other plant material in tree hollow or cliff ledge. Lays whitish eggs with small brownish spots.

Range
has scattered distribution across tropical and sub-tropical parts of Australia, including most of Queensland, Northern Territory, northern parts of south Australia, and most of Western Australia except the southern parts.

distribution map showing range of Artamus minor in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Artamus
Species:minor
Common Name:Little Woodswallow

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