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Willie Wag Tail

Rhipidura leucophrys


After a particular horrific thunderstorm the cat proudly walked inside the house holding in his mouth an entire nest with two baby Willie Wag Tails inside. We phoned a wildlife carer however the closest one willing to take the birds lived over an hour and a half away (by car) and was unwilling to pick them up. Needless to say after spending hours in the neighbourhood looking for the parents we gave up and brought them inside to hand raise. (Not the first time we've had to do this. The birds in our area seem to have an awfully hard time making storm proof nests!) One died overnight but the other one survived and just flew away for good yesterday. At night he still comes down to say hello but quickly flies away with his friends to roost up in the trees.


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Great series. Love that picture of the cat sleeping with the bird nearby...I am trying to train my cat not to bring me birds as a gift, she does not kill them but they get so scared it is hard to get them so I can send them free.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Good job! :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Thanks for your care of this bird, and for these funny and engaging pictures -- wonderful series.
Please consider adding this spotting and your other nest spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

Kate Russo
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Kate Russo

4518, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Oct 17, 2012
Submitted on Oct 17, 2012

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