French: Gralline pie German: Stelzenmonarch Spanish: Grallina australiana
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
G. c. neglecta
Mathews, 1912 – N Western Australia (Kimberley) E to N Queensland (Cape York); also in E Lesser Sundas (Timor)#R and, probably this race, S New Guinea (S Trans-Fly region)#R.
G. c. cyanoleuca
(Latham, 1801) – W, C, E & S Australia.
25–30 cm; male 63·9–118 g and female 70–94·5 g (nominate), male 71–102 g and female 60–90 g (neglecta). Male has broad... read more
Loud and metallic vocalizations, of three main types: solo call, a monosyllabic or disyllabic note... read more
Open vegetation, farmland, parks and gardens; requires surface water supply, and consequently is... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, including insects, spiders (Araneae), worms (Oligochaeta) and crustaceans; also small frogs, occasionally some seeds... read more
Timing related to rainfall, availability of mud for nest construction, daylength and probably temperature: in SW Western Australia... read more
Mainly resident, with some local movement; partly migratory in some areas. Adults usually sedentary... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant over much of Australia, where one of the most familiar birds in towns and on farms; locally common in S New Guinea; no recent... read more
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