Widespread throughout Australia anywhere water and trees are found, these beautiful, vociferous birds can always be seen around our lake. They feed mostly on insects. Their neat nests are built, using mud and plant material, on horizontal branches high up in tall trees close to the lake. Male and female are easily told apart; males have a horizontal black eye line and white brow. Females have a vertical black band through the eye; juvenile birds are an odd mix of both parent’s plumages.
Drawings kindly provided by Pam. Photography and text by David Free. Audio clips provided by David Secomb.