Rufous Whistler

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Common Name: Rufous Whistler
Scientific Name: Pachycephala rufiventris

Size: 6 ΒΌ - 7 inches (16-18 cm)

Habitat: Australiasia; New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, and throughout Australia (with the exception of Tasmania). Found in forested areas, woodland and shrubland, but also in gardens and farmland. It migrates seasonally, moving south in the spring and north in the autumn. In New Caledonia the species does not undertake migrations but is instead resident in areas of open forest and savannah

Status: Least Concern. Global population: unknown. The Rufous Whistler is affected by land clearing and urban development.

Diet: Insects, they also eat seeds, fruit and occasionally, leaves and grasses. They never forage for food on the ground, which is unusual for whistlers, which typically do not forage at particularly high levels.

Nesting: The species is sexually dimorphic. While females are typically dull brown or grey with streaked underbodies, males are predominantly dark-grey with white throats and (in most cases) a black mask that covers most of their head and some of their neck.

Breeding in monogamous pairs, both males and females incubate their eggs and care for their young. The period of incubation is about 13 days on average. The female alone constructs the nest, which usually consists of a combination of twigs, vines, grass and other matter formed in a cup-like shape and attached to a tree branch using strands from spider webs. The breeding season for Rufous Whistlers is between the months of July and February.

Cool Facts: It gets its name from its melodic song.

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume II

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