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  Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)





Masked Woodswallow | Artamus personatus photo
Masked Woodswallow, Bowra, SW Queensland, Australia

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MASKED WOODSWALLOW FACTS

Description
The Masked Woodswallow is a grey woodswallow. The wings and tail are mid grey, and the underside is pale grey. Males have black face from above eye down to throat, and narrow pale band separating the black patch from the grey back and chest.. Females have dark grey face patch instead of black. The tail is grey with white tip. It may be confused with the Black-faced Woodswallow (A. cinereus) which has much smaller black face patch. Juveniles are grey brown with pale streaks.

Size
19cm

Habitat
dry forest, woodland

Food
insects

Breeding
nest is made of grass in tree hollow or branch

Range
nomadic bird sometimes found in western parts of Australia, and a vagrant to Tasmania. Also found in New Zealand.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Artamus
Species:personatus
Common Name:Masked Woodswallow

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