Family Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Least Concern

Sandstone Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla woodwardi)


Taxonomy

French: Siffleur des rochers German: Felsendickkopf Spanish: Picanzo roquero
Taxonomy:

Colluricincla woodwardi

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1905,

South Alligator River, Northern Territory, Australia

.

Somewhat paler and greyer birds in W of range sometimes separated as race assimilis, but differences from E birds slight, and variation apparently clinal. Monotypic.

Distribution:

N Western Australia (E from Kimberley), N Northern Territory and extreme NW Queensland.

Descriptive notes

25–26·5 cm; 50–60 g. Male has head and neck dark grey, shading to olive-tinged brownish-grey on upperparts; side of face whitish-buff, lores paler;... read more

Voice

Rich, clear, varied song includes 2 repeated whistles. Call a metallic “pwink”; contact... read more

Habitat

Sandstone escarpments, gorges and hills, extending locally into limestone, granite and quartzite... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and spiders (Araneae), occasionally small vertebrates. Forages on ground, in spinifex clumps and cracks in rocky substrate, under... read more

Breeding

Eggs in late Oct and early Nov in Western Australia and late Aug to late Jan in Northern Territory. Nest a cup of spinifex, twigs and... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2018). Sandstone Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla woodwardi). 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/59373 on 12 December 2018).