Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons)


French: Epthianure à front blanc German: Weißgesicht-Trugschmätzer Spanish: Eptianuro pío

Acanthiza albifrons

Jardine and Selby

, 1828,

New Holland = New South Wales, Australia


Tasmanian birds show tendency towards larger size (mainly bill) than those of mainland Australia; described as race tasmanica, but differences slight. Monotypic.


S Western Australia (S from c. 23° S in far W) E to South Australia (mainly S of 30° S), New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; 11–17 g. Distinctive Australian chat with rather robust body. Male has most of head and upper breast white; rear crown, nape and hindneck black, this... read more


Distinctive nasal “tang”, rather like call of Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata... read more


Mainly open treeless habitats, such as grasslands, low shrublands and low vegetation usually less... read more

Food and feeding

Eats mostly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), flies (Diptera), ants and bees (Hymenoptera), caterpillars and adult... read more


Jun–Jan, sometimes in other months; in arid regions usually dependent on good winter rainfall, but can breed in late summer and... read more


Not fully understood. In many areas, species occurs throughout year and considered resident or... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. May have benefited from clearance of woodland for agriculture; urban and industrial development in Sydney region of New South Wales... read more

Recommended citation

Matthew, J. & de Juana, E. (2019). White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons). 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 14 November 2019).