French: Miro enchanteur German: Weißschwanzschnäpper Spanish: Petroica fascinante
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. zimmeri
Mayr & Rand, 1935 – SE New Guinea (from Bereina S to Port Moresby).
M. f. pallida
De Vis, 1884 – N Australia from N Western Australia E to W Queensland.
M. f. assimilis
Gould, 1841 – SW, C & S Australia E to mallee country of Victoria.
M. f. fascinans
(Latham, 1801) – E & SE Australia S from E & C Queensland (S from Cairns district) and E from W New South Wales and Adelaide district of South Australia.
12·5–14 cm; 14–20 g. Nominate race has diffuse whitish supercilium, narrow black stripe from lores to behind eye, white eyering; crown, face, neck and... read more
Song a vivacious “peter-peter”, repeated often. Call a pair of pleasant loud whistled... read more
Eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland, mallee and other dry, lightly timbered scrublands,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, spiders (Araneae), worms (Oligochaeta) and other small invertebrates. Prey captured mainly on ground or in air; techniques are... read more
In Australia Aug–Jan, or in arid areas after rain, and one or two broods per season; in New Guinea, fledged young from mid Oct to... read more
Some movements reported, but nature and extent of these not known. In many areas present throughout... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to rather scarce. In Australia, common in most of range, less so in N. Declining around denser human habitation and in areas cleared for... read more
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