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  White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)





White-breasted Woodswallow | Artamus leucorynchus photo
A White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) perched at its nest on the foreshore of the lagoon between MacMasters and Copacabana beach on the central coast of New South Wales, Australia

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White-breasted Woodswallow | Artamus leucorynchus photo
White-breasted Woodswallow is just one of more than 210 bird species found in Lake Awoonga, Central Queensland.

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White-breasted Woodswallow | Artamus leucorynchus photo
White-breasted Woodswallow in flight, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-breasted Woodswallow has a grey head, throat, back and wings. The chest and belly are white. The underside of the wings is white. The tail is dark. It is the only woodswallow with all white chest and belly. Juveniles have light underside, but are more brown above and streaked with white. Often seen in flocks of dozens of birds, and may roost in colonies.

Size
18cm

Habitat
forest, woodland, mangroves, riverside forest

Food
insects, also nectar

Breeding
nest is a cup made of twigs and grass made in a tree fork or hollow. Lays three or four pale eggs with fine spots

Range
found throughout Queensland, most of New South Wales and Victoria except most southern parts; Northern Territory, eastern parts of South Australia, and tropical Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Artamidae
Genus:Artamus
Species:leucorynchus
Common Name:White-breasted Woodswallow

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