Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Rufous Whistler

The Rufous Whistler is a stocky bird with a large head, short stubby bill and a narrow, relatively long tail with a square or slightly forked tip. The sexes differ, with the male dark-grey above with a white throat, black breast and a reddish underbody. Many males also have a black face mask (except in northern subspecies). Females are dull grey to brown, with streaked underparts. Young birds are much redder than adults and have heavily streaked underparts.

The male Rufous Whistler is quite distinctive with its reddish underparts, grey head and white throat, combined with black mask (over most of range). The female and immature birds can be distinguished from most other whistlers by heavy streaking on the underparts.


The Rufous Whistler is found in forests, woodlands and shrublands, with a shrubby understorey. Is also found in gardens and farmland with some trees, and in remnant bushland patches.


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7 comments:

LOLfromPasa said...

Very distinctive markings. Wonderful images.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful, the markings are remarkable.

mick said...

Great photos of the rufous whistler - I just wish they would sit still for a bit longer!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Très belle proximité ;-)
Céline & Philippe

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

Super. I have always dreamed of birding in Australia. You have such beautiful, unique, birds. This was so special for me. And I hope, if you ever have any more bird photos to share...please link in!!


Sending along my heart felt thanks for sharing this awesome post and photos!! The birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' are beholding to you.

Pat Tillett said...

He is a pretty one!
Great photos Liz...

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a pretty bird. I love it's coloring. I was away for two weeks and I am so sorry to be late commenting and visiting your post. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead! Happy Mother's Day!

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