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Bird Magpie lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Common Name: Magpie-lark

Scientific Name: Grallina cyanoleuca

Family: Dicruridae

Order: Passeriformes

Other Names: Pee-wee

Distribution: Magpie-larks are confined to Australasia, being found throughout Australia

Habitat: in almost any habitat except rainforests and the driest deserts and are familiar urban birds.

Field Notes: The Magpie-lark is marked in black and white, it has no link with either the magpies or the larks.. The thin whitish bill and pale iris separate it from other similarly coloured species. The adult male Magpie-lark has a white eyebrow and black face, while the female has an all-white face with no white eyebrow. Young birds have a black forehead, a white eyebrow and a white throat. The Magpie-lark is often referred to as a Peewee or Pee Wee, after the sound of its distinctive calls.

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Male Above Female Below
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Photos by Auscraft Sept. 2011
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