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WOODSWALLOWs

Order Passeriformes  Family Artamidae


The Artamidae family contains the Woodswalllows, They are found in Australasia and nearby locations. Woodswallows, as their name implies, feed mainly by catching insects on the wing. They are smooth, agile flyers with moderately large, semi-triangular wings. They can often be seen feeding just above the treetops. One sedentary species aside, they are nomads, following the best conditions for flying insects, and often roosting in large flocks.


Genus Artamus

Woodswallow, Ashy  Artamus fuscus   Found: Asia
The Ashy Woodswallow has ashy-gray upperparts, head; narrow pale band on rump; pale pinkish-gray underparts; black tail tipped with white; silvery bill. In flight the long wing looks very broad at the base giving it a very triangular outline.
Image by: 1) Dave Curtis - India  2) Lip Kee - India  3) JM Garg - India  4) Charlie Westerinen - Thailand


Woodswallow,_Black-faced  Artamus cinereus   Found: Australasia
The Black-faced Woodswallow has ash-gray upperparts; ligher underparts; black mask; blue-gray bill with black tip; silver under-wings; dark tail with white tip.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Tom_Tarrant  3) Leo - New South Wales  4) Ron_Knight


Woodswallow, Dusky  Artamus cyanopterus  Found: Australia
The Dusky Woodswallow has brown upperparts, but sometimes gray; black lores.
Image by:  1, 2, 5) David Cook  - Wamboin, NSW, Australia.  3, 4) JJ Harrison - Tasmania, Australia
1) Juvenile and Adult  2) Juvenile



Woodswallow, Fiji  Artamus mentalis Found: Fiji
The Fiji Woodswallow has blackish upperparts; white underparts with black throat patch.
Image by: 1) Tom Tarrant - Fiji  2) weedmandan


Woodswallow, Great  Artamus maximus  Found; New Guinea
The great Woodswallow has black upperparts, head, throat, upper-breast; white underpart.
Image by: 1) Mark A Harper  2, 3) Jerry Oldenettel - New Guinea


Woodswallow,_Ivory-backed  Artamus monachus  Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Joseph Smit  2) Pete_Morris - Sulawesi  3) Sam_Woods


Woodswallow, Little   Artamus minor  Found: Australia
The Little Woodswallow has dark smoky-brown plumage; deep gunmetal-gray wings; blue-tinged black-tipped bill. It is the littlest of the woodswalllows.
Image by:  1, 2) Aviceda 3) Jim Bendon


Woodswallow, Masked  Arrtamus personatus  Found: Australia
The Masked Woodswallow has pale gray upperparts; black (male)or dusky (female) mask. Male has light gray underparts; female brownish-gray underparts.
Image by: 1) Richard Fisher - Northern Territory, Australia  2) Aviceda - Queensland


Woodswallow,_White-backed  also  Bismarck Woodswallow  Artamus insignis Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Joseph Smit


Woodswallow, White-breasted Artamus leucorynchus Found: Australasia
The White-breasted Woodswallow has charcoal gray upperparts, head, throat; white underparts.
Image by:  1) David Cook  2, 7) Toby Hudson -central coast of New South Wales, Australia   3) Lip Kee Yap - Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia  4) JJ Harrison - Wonga, Queensland, Australia   5) Sandy Cole - San Diego Zoo  6) Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo



Woodswallow, White-browed  Artamus superciliosus  Endemic to Australia
Image by: 1, 3, 4) David Cook  - Wamboin, NSW, Australia  2) Aviceda - Samsonvale Cemetery, SE Queensland, Australia






SCRUBWRENs

Order Passeriformes    Family Atrichornithidae

Scrubbirds are shy, secretive, ground-dwelling birds of the family Atrichornithidae. There are just two species. The scrubbird family is ancient and is understood to be most closely related to the lyrebirds, and probably also the bowerbirds and treecreepers. All four families originated with the great corvid radiation of the Australia-New Guinea region.


Genus Atrichornis
Birds of both species are about the same size as a Common Starling (roughly 20 cm long) and cryptically coloured in drab browns and blacks. They occupy dense undergrowth—the Rufous Scrubbird in temperate rain forests near the Queensland-New South Wales border, the Noisy Scrubbird in heaths and scrubby gullies in coastal Western Australia—and are adept at scuttling mouse-like under cover to avoid notice. They run fast, but their flight is feeble.

Scrub-bird, Noisy  Atrichornis clamosus   Found: Australia
NoisySscrub-birds are also one of Australia's rarest birds.
Image by: 1) Neville Cayley  2) Alan Danks


Scrub-bird, Rufous   Atrichornis rufescens Found: Australia
Image by: 1) Unknown  2) E McNamara




LYREBIRDs

Order Passeriformes    Family Menuridae

The Lyrebird family Menuridae contains just one genus. They are so named because the male, similar to the mockingbirds of family Mimidae, will mimic noises during mating season (hence the name "liar"). Male lyrebirds have beautiful tails when they are fanned out.


Genus Menura

Lyrebird, Albert's  Menura alberti   Found: Australia
Image by: 1) James Lagden


Lyrebird, Superb  Menura novaehollandiae   Found: Australia
Image by: 1, 2, 3) David Cook





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