Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Banded Whiteface (Aphelocephala nigricincta)


French: Acanthize à collier noir German: Halsband-Weißstirnchen Spanish: Cariblanco bandeado

Xerophila nigricincta


, 1895,

Missionary Plain, central Australia




Arid inland Australia, mostly in Western Australia, S Northern Territory and N & NE South Australia.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 11 g. Has whitish face (tinged cream in fresh plumage), chin and throat, narrow black forehead band along upper edge and extending down through eye on to... read more


Song, from perch and in flight, a quite loud, pleasant, sweet, musical trilling series, stronger... read more


Open shrublands and grasslands in arid and semi-arid areas. Inhabits sandy and stony hills and... read more

Food and feeding

Little information available. Takes insects; also seeds, including those of Setaria viridis. Generally forages in pairs or in... read more


Recorded in Feb–Oct, also opportunistically in Dec–Jan after heavy rain. In display-flight, rises into air and then descends at... read more


Poorly known; local nomadism in response to rainfall seems plausible.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Occurs at rather low density over huge tracts of remote arid and semi-arid zones. No obvious threats.

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2019). Banded Whiteface (Aphelocephala nigricincta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2019).