White-browed woodswallow

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White-browed Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow Samcem.JPG
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Artamidae
Genus: Artamus
Species: A. superciliosus
Binomial name
Artamus superciliosus
(Gould, 1837)

The White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus) is a moderately sized passerine bird native to inland Australia. Like all woodswallows, it has a brush-tipped tongue but feeds almost exclusively on flying insects.

White-browed Woodswallows are highly nomadic. Pairs, small parties, and sometimes flocks of thousands wander irregularly around inland Australia, often trending north to winter in the Northern Territory and central Queensland, and south in spring to nest. Their heartland is the area centered on the Murray-Darling Basin, but they range far beyond this area, and in drought years frequently reach coastal southeast Australia. They are uncommon in Western Australia but small numbers regularly associate with flocks of the Masked Woodswallows.

Male, Thargomindah SW Queensland


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