A very distinctive bird with eye-poppingly white eyebrows a downcurved beak and triangular wings.
Meet The White-browed Woodswallow
The white-browed woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus) is a very distinctive bird wearing a pair of white eyebrows which pop from a black face and chin. Upperparts are deep blue to grey while the breast to undertail is an orangey brown. Under the wings and under the tail are a whitish-grey tipped in white.
Female birds look similar to male birds though they appear duller with a browner body and pink to fawn underparts.
Juvenile birds are generally brown and lack white eyebrows.
The White-browed Woodswallow is widespread throughout eastern Australia, with some vagrants found in northern Tasmania.
They are found in a wide range of inland habitats, from eucalyptus forests and woodlands to dry areas. It can also be found in farmlands, orchards, and in and around towns.
White-browed woodswallow like to dine on insects, either catching them on the wing, foraging through the foliage, or on the ground. Like other members of their species, they have a divided, brush-tipped tongue that can be used to feed on flower nectar.
These birds breed from August through to December when both sexes build a shallow cup-shaped nest using plant fibers, and twigs, placed in a fork in a tree, crevice, or shrub. They will sometimes nest in artificial structures too. Within the nest, 2 to 3 eggs are laid and incubated by both parents for up to 16 days. Chicks are fed by both parents and fledge after 15 days.
This bird is regarded as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
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