Family Woodswallows and Butcherbirds (Artamidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)


French: Langrayen bridé German: Weißbrauen-Schwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo cejiblanco

Ocypterus superciliosus


, 1837,

interior of New South Wales#R


Closest to A. personatus (which see). Monotypic.


Mainland Australia (mainly C & inland E; irregular in other parts of continent); casual breeder in N Tasmania.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 30–41·1 g. Sexually dimorphic. Male is dark grey above and from chin to upper breast, with clear white eyebrow; tail tipped white; underparts... read more


Contact call a high-pitched musical "tchep-tchep"; harsh scoldings; quiet song includes... read more


Inland shrublands, open woodland and adjacent farmland, also parks, less often forest edge;... read more

Food and feeding

Largely insectivorous; feeds also on nectar, particularly in N of range (in austral winter). Nestlings fed with grasshoppers (Acrididae),... read more


Breeds opportunistically Jul–Jan (mainly Sept–Dec) in S, irregularly in N. Nests solitarily, but more often in loose colony of... read more


Highly nomadic, most moving N in austral winter and returning S to breed in spring and early summer... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common locally, but irregularly, throughout its range. Has bred in Western Australia; has bred Tasmania. Possibly bred in New Zealand (South I) in... read more

Recommended citation

Rowley, I. & Russell, E. (2020). White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus). 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 on 27 February 2020).