Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Rufous Whisteler - Pachycephala rufiventris

Today's encounter was with a Rufous Whistler, which is a small songbird with a number of calls that you might not expect from such a small bird.

In general, these little birds mainly eat insects and hang about in the trees occasionally eating the puff balls from the wattle tree. Probably the most surprising thing is that these birds make their nests out of fur and spider webs. The lack of resources out here means the birds have to instead become a master of construction materials.

The bird has a delicate balance of reddish brown on its body, with a black stripe running down patches of grey and white on its face. This little fellow today was very hard to photograph. But the results I did get were good enough for me.

Tags: australian birds, pachycephala rufiventris, rufous whisteler
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Agree, the stripes and colours are distinctly seen in your photo of this feathered little housebuilder.