Family Shrike-tits (Falcunculidae)

Least Concern

Western Shrike-tit (Falcunculus leucogaster)


Taxonomy

French: Falconelle à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Meisendickkopf Spanish: Silbador cabezón occidental
Taxonomy:

Falcunculus leucogaster

Gould

, 1838,

no locality = Swan River, Western Australia

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Commonly and plausibly considered conspecific with F. frontatus and F. whitei, but differs from former in characters given under that species (which see). Differs from latter in white vs yellow belly (3); female without transverse bar at top of breast (2); wing-coverts edged lemon-yellow vs broad sulphur (1); tail much longer (sample tiny#R but indicative; allow 3). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

SW Western Australia.

Descriptive notes

c. 17–18 cm. Distinctive head pattern, with crown and nape feathers formed into crest; deep bill laterally compressed. Male has broad stripe from centre of forehead to... read more

Voice

Song described as a sequence of soft clear “twee-twee-twee” or “peo-oo-pee-e”. Poorly documented.... read more

Habitat

Eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and woodlands.

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, mainly insects; also fruit, seeds and arils. Forages in shrub and sapling layer (0–7%), subcanopy (25–100%) and canopy (0–68... read more

Breeding

Eggs recorded early Nov; may be double-brooded. Breeds as simple pair, occasionally with auxiliaries. Territorial when breeding and for... read more

Movements

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

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the South-west Australia EBA. Has declined in abundance, with local extinctions as a result of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Western Shrike-tit (Falcunculus leucogaster). 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/1343750 on 16 February 2019).