Jacky Winter

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Jacky Winter - Michael Seyfort | Jacky Winter - The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries/McCann

Microeca fascinans


Male and female similar. Grey brown upperparts, white underparts with a grey-brown washed breast and a white eyebrow. The outer tail feathers are white. Size 12-14 cm.


Details
Type
Bird
Group
Biology

Breeds from July-December after rain. A tiny shallow cup nest made from grass is built on a horizontal branch or fork of a tree up to 20 m high.

Distinctive Markings

Faint white eyebrow and white outer tail feathers.

Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Petroicidae
Genus
Microeca

Mainland Australia except dry deserts. Also Papua New Guinea.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Jacky Winters continually wag their tail from side-to-side in a figure of eight.


Interesting Facts
Diet

Carnivore, invertebrates.

Habitat

Open woodlands and paddocks with scattered trees.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Audio
Audio samples
Sounds
Sings loudly from high trees. A whistling call "chwit-chwit-chwit-queeter-queeter-queeter".