Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys

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Willie Wagtail
Scientific Classification
Species:R. leucophrys
Binomial name
Rhipidura leucophrys

The Willie Wagtail is a small, black and white insectivorous bird


An all black bird except for a white belly and eyebrow. They have long tails.

[top]Behavioural characteristics

They can be frequently seen waving their tails side to side as they move between perches or hunt for insects. They may hunt by hawking from a prominent perch or by running along the ground after insects, making short flights into the air to catch them.

[top]Distribution and habitat

Can be found throughout most habitats across Australia except for closed forest. They can commonly be found in suburban gardens, parklands, farmland and roadsides and prefer open areas from where they can hunt insects.



Has a variety of calls and song. Sometimes sings at night.
Calls and some song: Williamstown, SA. Willie Wagtail Calls.mp3

[top]Where to find

[top]Photographic Tips


Willie Wagtail, West Nowra, NSW.Willie Wagtail, West Nowra, NSW.
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