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Australasian Figbird

Sphecotheres vieilloti flaviventris


Figbirds are part of a worldwide family that includes the orioles, of which Australia has two other members (the Yellow and Olive-backed Orioles). Males have bare, red skin around the eye, contrasting against a black crown and grey neck and throat. The remainder of the body is olive-green, except for a white under-tail area. Females have grey skin around the eye and lack distinctive head markings. They are brown-green above and dull-white below, streaked with brown. Both sexes have a blackish bill. There are two distinct colour forms of the males of this species. Males north of Proserpine in Queensland have a yellow front.


This is the subspecies S. v. flaviventris – found in north-eastern Australia.

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1 Comment

brainpunk 10 years ago

Nicely spotted.

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 4, 2013
Submitted on Sep 3, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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