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25 - 30 cm length, dark brown on the back and wings with pale brown on the front of the neck and chest continuing underneath. A sharp, pointed beak turning slightly downward. It's call is loud and guttural, varying between a mellow "ye-kop" to more raucous patterns.
From dry bushland to urban bush settings.
Very territorial, Wattlebirds will claim a particular tree and chase other birds from the area.