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  White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)





White-browed Woodswallow | Artamus superciliosus photo
photographed at O'Reilley's Lamington National Park in the subtropical rainforest hinterland of the Gold Coast, Australia

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-browed Woodswallow is a grey bird with a distinctive white eyebrow. The back and wings are blue grey and the lower breast to under the tail is a rich chestnut brown. The underside of the wings and underside of the tail are pale whitish-grey, with white tail tips. Females are duller than males.

Size
20 cm

Habitat
open forest and woodland

Food
insects, catching them on the wing or foraging in foliage

Breeding
builds a loose shallow nest from twigs, grasses and roots in a tree fork or hollow stump. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.

Range
widespread throughout eastern Australia. It is not found on Cape York Peninsula and rare in WA.

distribution map showing range of Artamus superciliosus 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:superciliosus
Common Name:White-browed Woodswallow

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