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 Facts - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
Aug 23, 2011 ... Willie Wagtail facts and information; describing where they live, what they eat and how they raise their young.
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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 | 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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The Critical Finch: Why does the willie wagtail wag its tail?
Sep 29, 2011 ... A small, black-and-white and charismatic bird, the Australian Willie Wagtail was named as such because of its famous (and seemingly ...
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Willie Wagtail | ClimateWatch
... nest photo by William Archer; 48_3 Willie Wagtail feeding chicks photo by Oliver Bradshaw. What Is It? What To Observe; When and Where; More Information ...
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Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) - Mdahlem.net
Mar 18, 2013 ... Coby and Michael Dahlem birds of Australia Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys )
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Willie Wagtail - Oiseaux-Birds
Willie Wagtail utters wide range of vocalisations. It is a noisy bird, giving scolding and chattering notes. It often calls by night and its most common call is a rapid ...
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Willie wagtail - Definition and More from…
Definition of Willie Wagtail. 1. Scot: pied wagtail. 2: a common, conspicuous, and very tame black-and-white wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) of Australia, New Guinea ...
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Willie Wagtail - Fostercare of Australia's Unique Native Animals ...
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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Willy wagtail (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection)
Sep 29, 2011 ... Small and mostly black, Willie Wagtails (Rhipidura leucophrys), have almost entirely black upperparts and white underparts and eyebrow.
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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.
Willie Wagtail | ClimateWatch
... nest photo by William Archer; 48_3 Willie Wagtail feeding chicks photo by Oliver Bradshaw. What Is It? What To Observe; When and Where; More Information ...
[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 ...
[PDF]Diet of Breeding Willie Wagtails Rhipidura ... - CSIRO Publishing
Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. A pair of Willie Wagtails nested in a tree in one corner of the courtyard and, between prey chases, often perched ...
St Lucia (including The University of Queensland) Willie-wagtail
Mar 15, 2013 ... Willie-wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys. Site: St Lucia (including The University of Queensland). Region: Australia: Queensland. Location ...
Willie wagtail, side profile - ARKive
Learn more about the Willie Wagtail - with amazing Willie Wagtail videos, photos and facts on ARKive. ... The Willie Wagtail is named for its habit of wagging its tail from side to side as it forages. The Willie Wagtail is ..... Link to us · Universities ...
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Willie Wagtail: definition, pronunciation, and example sentences in Oxford Dictionaries (British & World English)
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Willie-wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys. September 20th 2010 PAU University, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea ©Jussi Vakkala digipicture url. Canon 1DMKIV ...
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Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was, and Will Be
Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was, and Will Be
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
wagtail,. jirntirpirriny. I got the story of the two snake and the Willie Wagtail. He's a cheeky little fella. He's a liar, too. ... They was having a corroboree there, and the Willie Wagtail was showing his hand, saying, 'Give me the present.' 'No, it's not ...
Stray Feathers: Reflections on the Structure, Behaviour and ...
Stray Feathers: Reflections on the Structure, Behaviour and ...
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
So the eagle-hawk said to the little willy-wagtail, “ May I fetch my brothers and sisters, who are starving, into this beautiful ... Of course, the big, strong eagle- hawk thought this was easy, but the cunning little willy-wagtail had placed some sharp ...
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Willie Wagtail
garden delights: Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes - Willie Wagtails
As soon as the first rain came, with it's accompanying drop of temperatures, the male birds went in for territorial posturing, chasing each other around in whole gangs and making one heck of a ruckus. They carried on as though it were spring not autumn.
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Willy Wagtail | dadirridreaming
birds, nature, spirit
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Willy the Wagtail
Dragged my guts around the footy ovals at my local park the other evening. The Flame Robins at were a pain to photograph and I only got shots either on a man-made perch or far away, so this was all I could muster. This little guy decided to walk towards me. Camera hasn't had much use lately though, and I still have a long road ahead at school :( Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Bulleen Park, Vic, 11/05/13. Pentax K-r, Sigma 150-500mm. f/8, 1/400, ISO 400 28791 Minor crop,
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Johnny Cash Show with Blind Willie Wagtail – Echonetdaily
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Snap Happy Birding: Willie Wagtail
Ricka-ticka-ticka-tick, that's how my Birds of Australia book describes the 'varied brief but melodious phrases of the Willie Wagtail, a 20 cm (8 inch) medium-small, fantail flycatcher. While walking through the sensory garden, the first thing I really noticed in the heat of the day was the intense 'lemon' scent in the air.
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Willie wagtail videos, photos and facts - Rhipidura leucophrys - ARKive
Learn more about the Willie Wagtail - with amazing Willie Wagtail videos, photos and facts on ARKive
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Digital Art, Robotic Willie Wagtail | Ben Rogers Blog
My collection of articles and postings from social media, credit unions, and technology (by BenRogersWPG)
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Willie-wagtail with a large bug | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Willie-wagtail with a large bug
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Australian Birds: Willie Wagtail
Rhipidura leucophrys (Dee Why, NSW) 11 November 2012 f/6. 3 : 1/640 300mm : ISO 200.
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Richard Waring's Birds of Australia: Forest Wagtail Photos
Finally, after wondering if I was destined not to see this very special bird (the first recorded sighting on the Australian mainland), I managed to see it, and get some decent photos and a couple of handheld camera videos of the Forest Wagtail. It has now been in a backyard of an Alice Springs property for about a week, and many of the birding top guns have flown in from around Australia.
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