Scientific Name: Rhipidura leucophrys
Description: The Willie Wagtail is the largest and best-known of the Australian fantails. Its upper body and head are black, with a white eyebrow. The underparts are white and the tail is held spread out like a fan. Their name comes from their habit of constantly wagging the tail from side to side.
Willie Wagtails are a well-known year-round inhabitant of bushland, parks, coastal scrub, and urban gardens. The “sweet-pretty-creature” call is often heard in the middle of the night, especially on moonlit nights. They are acrobatic feeders, darting around hunting near ground level consuming insects, especially mosquitoes.
Where to find: Most areas, including urban areas.