Female Building a Mud Nest
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Order:||Perching Birds (Passeriformes)|
|Family:||Monarch Flycatcher (Monarchidae)|
|Species:||Magpie Flycatcher (Grallina cyanoleuca)|
|This Photo:||Female, back|
|Other names:||Magpie-lark, Mudlark, Murray Magpie or Peewee|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The genders are easy to differential. The males have a horizontal line through the eye, the females have a vertical line through the eye.
Kudos to Bruce Blackwell for the common name. They aren't Magpies and can be found in many areas of SA, away from the river. They aren't larks, or closely related to the Australian Magpie (even if they have a superficially similar appearance). They are a Flycatcher (surprisingly) and so the common name should reflect that.
The common name Mudlark might come from the fact they make mud nests.