Bird Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti)

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Common Name: Australasian Figbird

Scientific Name: Sphecotheres vieilloti

Family: Oriolidae

Order: Passeriformes

Other Names: Figbird, Banana-bird, Mulberry-bird, Red-eye

Distribution: Northern and eastern Australia

Habitat: wooded habitats

Field Notes: Size27-29,5 cm . Males of all subspecies have a black tail with broad white tips to the outer rectrices, white crissum, blackish primaries, a black head, distinct bright red facial skin, a black bill with a red base, and pinkish legs. In the nominate subspecies, the body is largely olive-green, and the throat, neck and chest are grey.
Females are drab-coloured, being dull brownish above, and white below with strong dark streaking. They have greyish facial skin, and a greyish-black bill. Juveniles resemble females, but the streaking below is typically not as strong.
Australasian Figbirds make a large number of different short calls, and are also able to mimic the voice of other birds, for example parrots and other species of orioles

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Photos by Dusty, Feb 2012. Location: Gympie


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Male bird feeding immature offspring. Both females and males participate in incubation and raising their young. Diet consists mostly of soft fruits and berries in canopy trees. Insects also comprise an important part of their diet.

Reference:

Birds in Backyard
http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Sphecotheres-vieilloti
 

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The nest is cup-shaped and built of vine tendrils and twigs. It is supported by its rim from the horizontal fork of an outer branch of the canopy, up to 20 m above the ground. Both males and females incubate the eggs and feed the young. nest is woven of fine twigs and vines tenderils , looser knit than of orioles.
about 3 branches down was a peewee nesting.
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