French: Langrayen sordide German: Rußschwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo sombrío
New Holland = Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. cyanopterus
(Latham, 1801) – E, CS & SE Australia, including Kangaroo I (South Australia), islands in Bass Strait (King I, Flinders I) and Tasmania.
A. c. perthi
(Mathews, 1915) – SW Australia E to S South Australia (Eyre Peninsula).
18 cm; 21–47 g. Nominate race is mostly smoky grey-brown above and below; upperwing gunmetal-grey, white streak on outer web of outer 2–4 long primaries; tail... read more
Contact call a brisk "peet-peet", in flight or when perched; also brassy chirps or... read more
Open forest, woodlands and agricultural areas receiving more than 400 mm annual rainfall.
Food and feeding
Mostly insects; nectar and fruit, also some seeds, occasionally taken. Captures animal prey usually on the wing while trawling above canopy... read more
Season Aug–Feb (mainly Oct–Dec), in austral spring. Nests usually as simple pair; sometimes breeds co-operatively, with one or... read more
General movement N during autumn-winter. Leaves Tasmania in Apr, migrants reaching N as far as... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common locally throughout its range. May have benefited from increase in available habitat following clearance for agriculture; such clearing,... read more
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