French: Carillonneur huppé German: Schwarz-Haubendickkopf Spanish: Silbador campanillero
Vigors and Horsfield, 1827,
“Kent’s Group, Bass Strait”, Australia.
Races intergrade. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
O. g. pallescens
Mathews, 1912 – Western Australia (except SW & S), Northern Territory (except N), South Australia (except S) and W & C Queensland.
O. g. gutturalis
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – SW & S Western Australia, S third of South Australia, SC Queensland, W two-thirds of New South Wales and N Victoria.
19–23 cm; 56–67 g. Male nominate race has centre of forehead and crown to nape black, feathers elongated as crest, sides of crown and head from eye to nape grey,... read more
Song with ringing, ventriloquial quality, starting softly and then intensifying, opening notes... read more
Drier wooded habitats, particularly eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland, including mallee, and... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, mainly insects; some seeds. Forages mainly on ground, occasionally in dense vegetation in low shrubs; sometimes to higher... read more
Eggs found late Jul to early Mar; some local variation according to rain. Territorial. Nest built by both sexes, a deep cup with outer... read more
Present throughout year at some localities; alleged to move widely in winter or to be nomadic in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; widespread. Nominate race has disappeared from more than 50% of its range, particularly along S & E periphery, contracting... read more
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