Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus
Dusky Woodswallow, Southport, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Tasmania, Australia
February 2006

The Dusky Woodswallow is distributed in eastern, southern and south-western Australia and in Tasmania. It is found in woodland, scrub and near habitation with trees.

Dusky Woodswallow, Southport, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It is dark brown with grey wings which have a white streak on the leading edge. This feature distinguishes the Dusky from other Woodswallows. The tail is black with a white tip and the bill is grey-blue with a black tip. Immatures are a lighter brown with pale streaks as in photo 5.

They are often seen hunting flying termites, butterflies and other insects from a conspicuous perch or utility line.

Dusky Woodswallow, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image They tend to roost communally at night and, during the breeding season, they nest in communities so that a whole flock can combine to fend of a predator.
Dusky Woodswallow, Coffe Creek, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
Immature Dusky Woodswallow, Coffe Creek, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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