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  Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)





Willie Wagtail | Rhipidura leucophrys photo
adult Willie Wagtail

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Willie Wagtail | Rhipidura leucophrys photo
young one with cicada

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Willie Wagtail | Rhipidura leucophrys photo
Willie Wagtails are sometimes active after dusk. This one was still chirping long after sunset.

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WILLIE WAGTAIL FACTS

Description
The Willie Wagtail is black above with a white belly. Has black throat and white eyebrows.

Size
20cm

Habitat
open forests, woodlands, parks and gardens

Food
insects caught on the ground and in the air

Breeding
nest is a neatly woven cup of grasses, covered with spider web and lined with grass and hair. Lays 3 eggs.

Range
most of eastern and south-eastern Australia and northern Tasmania

distribution map showing range of Rhipidura leucophrys 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:Monarchidae
Genus:Rhipidura
Species:leucophrys
Common Name:Willie Wagtail

Relatives in same Genus
  Grey Fantail (R. albiscapa)
  Rufous Fantail (R. rufifrons)
  Northern Fantail (R. rufiventris)