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Willie Wagtail

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.

Type: Bird
Where to find: Most areas, including urban areas.
Size: 21cm