Spotted Catbird Ailuroedus melanotis
(aka Black-eared Catbird)
Spotted Catbird, Kuranda, Queensland, Australia, November 2010 - click for larger image Kuranda, Queensland, Australia
November 2010

The Spotted Catbird is distributed in north-east Queensland, Australia and in Papua New Guinea and nearby islands. It is found in rainforests and forest margins but can stray into nearby farmland and gardens.

Spotted Catbird, Kuranda, Queensland, Australia, November 2010 - click for larger image It feeds mainly on fruits but also flowers, sap and insects.

It gets its English name from the curious cat-like call that it makes. There are recordings on the MSU site.

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