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Bird White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Scientific Name: Artamus leucorynchus

Common Name: White-breasted Woodswallow

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Artamidae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: northern coastal Western Australia, across the Kimberley region into the Northern Territory, and through most of Queensland, New South Wales (but not on the south coast), western Victoria and north-eastern South Australia.

Habitat: eucalypt forests and woodlands, usually close to water, and in mangroves.

Field Notes: medium-sized bird with a dark grey head and neck, 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.
The White-breasted Woodswallow is the only one of the woodswallows with no white in its tail.

Photo by auscraft 2012, South Burnett

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