Family Shrike-tits (Falcunculidae)

Least Concern

Northern Shrike-tit (Falcunculus whitei)


Taxonomy

French: Falconelle de White German: Gelbflügel-Meisendickkopf Spanish: Silbador cabezón norteño
Taxonomy:

Falcunculus whitei

A. J. Campbell

, 1910,

Napier Broome Bay, north-west Australia

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Commonly considered conspecific with F. frontatus and F. leucogaster (see both of those). Monotypic.

Distribution:

N Western Australia and N Northern Territory.

Descriptive notes

16 cm. Distinctive head pattern, with crown and nape feathers formed into crest; deep bill laterally compressed. Male has broad crownstripe from centre of forehead to... read more

Voice

Poorly documented. Song described as a series of descending and then ascending notes, also double... read more

Habitat

Found mostly in eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodlands.

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly in small invertebrates; also takes some vegetable matter, including fruit. Forages from canopy down to shrub layer and ground... read more

Breeding

In one study, nesting activity was observed between Sept and Jan. Eggs recorded late Nov and Mar; usually double-brooded. Breeds as simple... read more

Movements

Largely sedentary; some local movements, mainly in autumn–winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: more or less confined to North-west Australia EBA. Has estimated population of 2500 mature individuals, and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Northern Shrike-tit (Falcunculus whitei). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343749 on 23 February 2019).