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Taken at West Byron Wetlands
The White-breasted Woodswallow is a medium-sized bird with a dark grey head and neck. It has dark blue-grey upperparts, tail and wings, white white underparts and underwings. The bill is bluish, tipped black and the eye is dark brown. Young birds tend to be mottled brown on the upperparts with a creamy tinge to the white undeparts and have a thin cream eyebrow. This species can be seen in flocks of 10 to 50, even up to 100, birds. These flocks may cluster together day or night in roosts.
The White-breasted Woodswallow builds a shallow, bowl-shaped nest from grasses, roots and twigs, lined with fine grass. The nest is placed in a tree fork, hollow stump or inside the abandoned nest of a Magpie-lark, 4 m – 30 m off the ground. Both sexes build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young.
Canon 7D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

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white breasted woodswallow, artamus leucorynchus, australian, native bird, northern rivers, breeding, passerine

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  • John Holding
    John Holdingabout 1 year ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 1 year ago


    30 January 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 1 year ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Nice capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 1 year ago

    Now that is just too cute. Haa!

    Her: “Do-dee-oh-de-oh-de-oh… hmm…hmmm…hmmm”

    Him: “The moon may be high
    but I can’t see a thing in the sky
    I only have eyes for you-u-u-u…”

    Me: FAV!

  • Many thanks, so glad you like it, I thought it was so cute too!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 1 year ago

    They are beautiful, lovely capture… I have never seen these before…

  • They are very cute, thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 1 year ago

    nice job

  • Many thanks, very happy making. I love this one myself!

    – byronbackyard

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