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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina novaehollandiae

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Photo copyright Dave Watts

Description

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes are slender, medium-sized birds (310-350mm) with light blue-grey plumage, black face and throat and white underparts.  The black wing feathers have pale edges. Sexes are similar, and young birds resemble the adults, except the black facial mask is reduced to an eye stripe. Despite their name, Cuckoo-shrikes are neither cuckoos nor shrikes.

The name is a reference to their feathers, which have similar patterns to those of cuckoos, and their beak which resembles that of shrikes.

Habitat

The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike is found in open forest, woodland, scrub, gardens and orchards.

Diet

The diet includes insects and other invertebrates. Some fruits and seeds are also eaten.

Breeding

The nest is a surprisingly small shallow saucer of twigs and bark, bound together with cobwebs. Both partners construct the nest and care for the young birds.

Call

The call is a soft, rolling churring and a higher pitched "chereer-chereer-chereer" in flight. (Audio recordings courtesy of David Stewart/Nature Sound)
Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

Distribution

The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike is widespread and common throughout Australia, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

In Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands it is a common summer migrant, although some birds may overwinter.