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Length=100-120mm. Sexes are alike, or crown of the female is scalloped fawn in the northern race. Black crown with or without white streaks. Back gray-brown, or rufous or yellow on rump. Black wings with small red to yellow spot at the shoulder tip; out of flight feathers with narrow or broad white stripe; inner flight feathers are edged rufous or white. Black tail tipped with white. Brow stripe is a rich yellow to white over eye; black stripe though eye over cheeks plain or flecked gray-white. Underparts are all cream-white with a yellow line down centre throat forking over sides of breast. Tan-grey eye. Black bill. Dusky brown feet. Immature = As adults but crown and face olive-gray. An all cream brow.
Almost the whole of Australia, in open Eucalypt forest and woodland. Aerial displaying on the Mulberry Tree, in my backyard.
These little “blokes” were enjoying time in my backyard. The call is repeated soft trills in contact = cheeoo or pee-ew, pee-ew. Song = Loud, sharp, stuttered chips which are run together in two to four syllables on same pitch; repeated in rapid-fire bursts = chip-chip or pik-pik or pik-it-up or wi-di-dup or wi-di-di-dup. Much dialectic variation, even in local populations. These photos have been edited. The last photo was taken on 16/08/2019. Reference:- Readers Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds.