Magpie Flycatcher
Female Building a Mud Nest
Murray Mallee Region
Restless Flycatcher
Nest
 
    
Magpie Flycatcher (Grallina cyanoleuca)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)
Order: Perching Bird (Passeriformes)
Family: Monarch Flycatcher (Monarchidae)
Species: Magpie Flycatcher (Grallina cyanoleuca)
This Photo:     Male
Other names: Magpie-lark, Mudlark, Murray Magpie or Peewee

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee & Adelaide Hills
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.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 08-Apr-2015
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)