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Rhipidura leucophrys leucophrys
The Willie Wagtail is the largest and most well-known of the Australian fantails. The plumage is black above with a white belly, and it can be distinguished from other similar-sized black and white birds by its black throat and white eyebrows and whisker marks. The name "wagtail" stems from the constant sideways wagging of the tail. Aggressive and territorial, they will often harass much larger birds such as kookaburras, crows, and eagles. I love these birds and they always make me smile, and the eyebrows do it for me - they look so sinister! A good Youtube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN8MF8da...
This little fellow was spotted at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island. Exposed headland area with native vegetation. Willie Wagtails are found in most open habitats, especially open forests and woodlands, tending to be absent from wet sclerophyll forests and rainforests. They are often associated with water-courses and wetlands, and are common around human habitation.
I was having my lunch when this little guy showed up. He was curious but kept his distance, and he wasn't looking for handouts, preferring instead to feed on flying insects.
Spotted on May 27, 2015
Submitted on May 30, 2015
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