White-breasted Woodswallows perching together and preening

White-breasted Woodswallows perching together and preening
Species: White-breasted Woodswallow   Artamus leucoryn
Subspecies: leucopygialis
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Friday, August 10, 2018
Added to IBC: 11 Sep 2018 - 10:36
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Altitude (m): 
7 meters


The White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) is a nomadic species, that breeds from the Andaman Islands east to Indonesia and in northern Australia. These elegant birds are not related to true swallows, and are in the family Artamidae that includes Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Australian Magpies.  White-breasted Woodswallows are famous for cuddling close together at roosts, with individual birds launching off to catch insects in flight. These White-breasted Woodswallows were perching together in mangroves at the Carnarvon Small Boat Harbour in Western Australia.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1517205. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1517205.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1517205. Video of White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucoryn at Carnarvon, Australia. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1517205.

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