Willie Wagtail

Common name
Willie Wagtail
Scientific name
Rhipidura leucophrys
Size – beak to tail
19 – 22 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
Most areas, including urban areas.
The Willie Wagtail is the largest and best-known of the Australian fantails. Its upper body and head are black, with a white eyebrow. The underparts white and the tail is held spread out like a fan. Their name comes from their habit of constantly wagging the tail from side to side.

Willie Wagtails are a well known year-round inhabitant of bushland, parks, coastal scrub and urban gardens. They help to keep the mosquito population down and also eat other insects. The “sweet-pretty-creature” call is often heard in the middle of the night, especially on moonlit nights. They feed on insects, which they dart around hunting on the ground.