Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) - HBW 11, p. 241
French: Rhipidure hochequeue
Spanish: Abanico Lavandera
Other common names: Black-and-white Fantail/Flycatcher, Pied Fantail(!), White-browed Fantail(!)
Taxonomy: Turdus leucophrys Latham, 1801, Sydney, Australia.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- melaleuca (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) - Moluccas, W Papuan Is, New Guinea and islands (including Goodenough, Fergusson and Normanby, in D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago), Aru Is, Bismarck Archipelago, Buka I, Bougainville I and Solomon Is.
- picata Gould, 1848 - N quarter of Australia from Kimberley (in Western Australia) and N half of Northern Territory E to N Queensland.
- leucophrys (Latham, 1801) - S three-quarters of mainland Australia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 28 videos
An adult feeding and incubating its chicks Locality The Fullerton Garden, Osborne's Flat, Victoria, Australia (ssp leucophrys)
Matt Weeks 25 December 2004 8 years ago 36 sec 4.9
Perched on a post. Locality Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Stephen Wallace 8 March 2012 3 years ago 1 min 1 sec 4.8
Nest with 3 young being attended by adults. Locality Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Stephen Wallace 2 December 2011 3 years ago 1 min 8 sec 4.8
A bird arriving at a nest, then sitting Locality Callum Brae, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (ssp leucophrys)
Nick Talbot 30 November 2006 8 years ago 13 sec 4.8
An adult drinking Locality The Fullerton Garden, Osborne's Flat, Victoria, Australia (ssp leucophrys)
Matt Weeks 25 December 2004 8 years ago 18 sec 4.8
Immature bird preening. Locality Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Stephen Wallace 15 February 2011 4 years ago 32 sec 4.7
PhotosSee all 56 photos
A (Willy) Willie Wagtail, back view.
Locality Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia (ssp picata)
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 25 December 2013 1 year ago 4.7
Willie Wagtail on a branch.
Locality Bitter Springs, Mataranka, Northern Territory, Australia
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 30 December 2013 32 weeks ago 4.6
One adult investigating an Eastern Grey Kangaroo's (Macropus giganteus) ear for food
Locality Sundown National Park, Queensland, Australia
Rémi Bigonneau 19 July 2015 4 weeks ago 4.5
Willie wagtail adult flying off the perch.
Locality Namadgi Visitors Centre, Tharwa, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Margaret Leggoe 3 January 2015 33 weeks ago 4.5
An adult bird on the ground
Locality Numundo, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago (ssp melaleuca)
Frederic Pelsy 5 October 2014 35 weeks ago 4.4
just a wagg!
Locality Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
Mark Broomhall 1 July 2014 31 weeks ago 4.4
SoundsSee all 7 recordings
This recording was made by returning to a location where a mother bird had been observed in the previous two weeks with young. Locality Madang, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea (mainland), New Guinea
JWilliamCupp 3 August 2013 1 year ago 5
A perched male singing. Locality Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia
Josep del Hoyo 27 October 2009 4 years ago 4.5
A single bird calling once. Locality Woodlands Historic Park, Oaklands Junction, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nick Talbot 19 January 2012 3 years ago 3
A bird at dawn Locality Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea (mainland), New Guinea
monicayhector 23 June 1992 5 years ago 3
Two birds calling near a road. Locality Woodlands Historic Park, Oaklands Junction, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nick Talbot 19 January 2012 3 years ago 0
A bird calling from a field. Locality Peechelba, Victoria, Australia
Nick Talbot 29 May 2014 1 year ago 0