Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Male Magpie-lark, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Australia
January / February 2006

The Magpie-lark is distributed throughout mainland Australia except the arid interior and in New Guinea. It is found almost everywhere except dense forest and arid desert but it requires both trees and a source of mud for nesting.

Female Magpie-lark, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image The male, seen here in photo 1, has a white bill, a whitish eye, a black forehead and face with a white supercilium and a broad white panel below the eye. The female, seen here in photo 2, has a white forehead and throat and a broad black band from the crown through the eye and forming a black breastband.
Immature Magpie-lark, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, January 2006 - click for larger image The immature, seen here in photo 3, has a dark eye, a darker bill, a black forehead but a white throat.
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