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White Breasted Wood Swallow

Artamus leucorynchus


The White-breasted Woodswallow is a medium-sized bird with a dark grey head and neck. It has dark blue-grey upperparts, tail and wings, white white underparts and underwings. The bill is bluish, tipped black and the eye is dark brown. Young birds tend to be mottled brown on the upperparts with a creamy tinge to the white undeparts and have a thin cream eyebrow. This species can be seen in flocks of 10 to 50, even up to 100, birds. These flocks may cluster together day or night in roosts.


The White-breasted Woodswallow is found in eucalypt forests and woodlands, usually close to water, and in mangroves.


Feeding: The White-breasted Woodswallow feeds on insects, catching them on the wing. Will also forage on the ground or in canopy. Like other woodswallows, this species has a divided, brush-tipped tongue that can be used to feed on nectar from flowers. Breeding: The White-breasted Woodswallow builds a shallow, bowl-shaped nest from grasses, roots and twigs, lined with fine grass. The nest is placed in a tree fork, hollow stump or inside the abandoned nest of a Magpie-lark, 4 m - 30 m off the ground. Both sexes build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young.

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MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Thanks KarenL

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Amazing - they just need a big pink one to land in the middle of them! :)

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago


batex 9 years ago

At least ONE of them is probably saying "Hey! Move over! You're squishing me!!!"

KarenL 9 years ago

Congrats Mac, your spotting is featured in our caption contest today!

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 10 years ago

Reminds me of that PIXAR short...

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Added information

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Are nights cool? I would say they are doing it for warmth and they are just a plain socialable bird.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

great gathering,

something here with spaces in between

Trapsuutjie 10 years ago

Looks a bit cramped! Great photo!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 10 years ago

Fantastic picture!

Carolina 10 years ago

Haha what a fantastic shot! Loved it, Mac!
You know, it would be great if you could add some information about this birds, like a little description, where inhabits, notes, etc. Also you can add this spotting to some missions like, 2012 Best Wildlife Photo; Birds of the World; etc.
You can do this by clicking "Edit this spotting" on the top of this page and then when you are done don't forget to press "Save" :)

KarenL 10 years ago

Lovely shot!

cormoros75 10 years ago


MihaiER 10 years ago

So funny!

achmmad 10 years ago

"What are they doing? Ready to fight!" Congratulation! funny and cool!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Stunning shot!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

what a great spotting!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago


KristaHerman 10 years ago

This is great. I imagine it being a poster with some sort of funny saying. Fantastic capture.

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QLD, Australia

Spotted on Jan 26, 2012
Submitted on Jan 26, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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