Willie Wagtail
The Willie (or Willy) Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) is a passerine bird native to Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Bismarck Archipelago, and eastern Indonesia. It is a common and familiar bird throughout much of its range, living in most habitats apart from thick forest. Measuring 19.0–21.5 cm (7½–8½ in) in length, the Willie Wagtail is contrastingly coloured with almost entirely black upperparts and white underparts; the male and female have similar plumage. Three subspecies are recognised; Rhipidura leucophrys leucophrys from central and southern Australia, the smaller R. l. picata from northern Australia, and the larger R. l. melaleuca from New Guinea and islands in its vicinity. It is unrelated to the true wagtails of the genus Motacilla; it is a member of the fantail genus Rhipidura and is a part of a 'core corvine' group that includes true crows and ravens, drongos and birds of paradise. Within this group, fantails are placed in the family Dicruridae, although some authorities consider them distinct enough to warrant their own small family, Rhipiduridae.
The Willie Wagtail is insectivorous and spends much time chasing prey in open habitat. Its common name is derived from its habit of wagging its tail horizontally when foraging on the ground. Aggressive and territorial, the Willie Wagtail will often harass much larger birds such as the Laughing Kookaburra and Wedge-tailed Eagle. It has responded well to human alteration of the landscape and is a common sight in urban lawns, parks, and gardens. It was widely featured in aboriginal folklore around the country as either a bringer of bad news or a stealer of secrets.

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Willie Wagtail | BIRDS in BACKYARDS
The Willie Wagtail is often found in the company of cattle and sheep. They either run behind the moving animal snatching insects as they are disturbed, or sit on the ...
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Willie wagtail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Willie (or Willy) Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) is a passerine bird native to Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Bismarck Archipelago, and ...
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Willie wagtail videos, photos and facts - Rhipidura leucophrys | ARKive
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Willie Wagtail | ClimateWatch
Chicks in nest photo by William Archer; 48_3 Willie Wagtail feeding chicks photo by Oliver Bradshaw; Willie_wagtail_juveniles_by_peter_feats-cropped Chicks ...
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Wagtail Cleaning Tools Pty Ltd, manufacturers of multi award winning cleaning tools, was established by a professional window cleaner Willie Erken with 20 ...
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Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys. Passeriforme Order – Rhipiduridae Family. BIOMETRICS : Length : 18 à 22 cm. Weight : 20g. DESCRIPTION: Willie Wagtail  ...
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Nestling and Adult Diet of the Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys ...
The Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys is a common species in most man-made habitats in New Guinea. (Coates 1990) but its food preferences have not been.
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Willie wagtail | New Zealand Birds Online
The Willie Wagtail is much like an oversized, noisier, black-and-white version of the New Zealand fantail, to which it is closely related. The Willie Wagtail is a ...
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Willie Wagtail. Description: The Willie Wagtail belongs to the Fantail family and is the largest, and possibly most well-known, of that family. They grow from ...
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Animal Energy - Willie Wagtail - Wildspeak.com
The Willie Wagtail is the most well-known of Australian fantails, it is also the largest. It is black and white, and has white eyebrows which the male and female can ...
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Willie wagtail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Measuring 19.0–21.5 cm (7½–8½ in) in length, the Willie Wagtail is contrastingly coloured with almost entirely ..... United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
[PDF]The Foraging Behaviour of the Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys ...
Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic. 3052. EMU Vol. 93,284-286, 1993. Received 30-7-1992, accepted 9-8-1992. The Willie Wagtail ...
Willie Wagtail | BIRDS in BACKYARDS
The Willie Wagtail is often found in the company of cattle and sheep. They either run behind the moving animal snatching insects as they are disturbed, or sit on ...
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Chicks in nest photo by William Archer; 48_3 Willie Wagtail feeding chicks photo by Oliver Bradshaw; Willie_wagtail_juveniles_by_peter_feats-cropped Chicks ...
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The Willie Wagtail is much like an oversized, noisier, black-and-white version of the New Zealand fantail, to which it is .... Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
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(Willie Wagtail) ... Willie Wagtail. Main colour. Black ... Island flag Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information Explore James Cook University  ...
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... originally published by Oxford University Press 1999. (Hide copyright information) Copyright. Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) See MUSCICAPIDAE.
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Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World that Is, Was, and Will be
Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World that Is, Was, and Will be
Diane Bell, 1998
She-oaks carry communication between native doctors; the Willie Wagtail brings news; and the mingka bird foretells death. Key to understanding one's place within this portentous world is being able to read what people call the "signs". This is ...
Desert Lake: Art, Science and Stories from Paruku
Desert Lake: Art, Science and Stories from Paruku
Mandy Martin, John Carty, Steve Morton, 2013
I got the story of the two snake and the Willie Wagtail. He's a cheeky little fella. He's a liar, too. The Willie Wagtail was a little man, a man like we at Tanku. They was having a corroboree there, and the Willie Wagtail was showing his hand, saying, ...
Stray Feathers: Reflections on the Structure, Behaviour and ...
Stray Feathers: Reflections on the Structure, Behaviour and ...
Penny Olsen, Leo Joseph, 2011
The bold little Willie Wagtail is contrastingly coloured with almost entirely black upper parts and white underparts, and only a pair of white eyebrows break the pattern. The wagtail uses these brows to great effect, raising its crown to flare them ...
Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines
Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines
W. Ramsay Smith, 2003
Oh, yes," said the willy-wagtail, “ but you must wrestle with me first." Of course, the big, strong eagle-hawk thought this was easy, but the cunning little willy-wagtail had placed some sharp fish-bones like spikes in the ground where he proposed  ...
Rhipidurinae: Rhipidura, Willie Wagtail, Fantail, ...
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The Willie Wagtail is the largest, and most well-known, of the Australian fantails. The plumage is black above with a white belly. The Willie
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Birding For Pleasure: Willie Wagtails Work Hard
Although I am on the Isle of Wight on holidays, I want to post my Australian bird for Wild Bird Wednesday. Today, I have chosen the Willie Wagtail bird. He is not the same as our Willie Wagtail (Pied Wagtail) in the UK.
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