Friday/ a willy wagtail

Here’s a little black and white bird that is a long-time favorite here in Perth: the willy wagtail. They are very active (and wag their tails, of course), and voracious insect eaters – said to be able to consume their own body weight in insects in a day.  The wagtails were known to the Noongar Aboriginal people as chitty chitty, because of their trademark chattering sound. 

Here’s a willy wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) that I found on a utility cable in suburban Perth today. They are found all over mainland Australia.

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