Grey Shrike-thrush

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Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica


Breeds July-February. Pairs generally remain together in the same area. A large cup nest is constructed 2-6 m high in a tree cavity, fork, vine, or in sheds or hanging baskets. Both male and female share in nest building and raising the young.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Whistler
Identifying Characteristics

Male grey with an olive-brown back, white lores and dark bill. The female has a paler back, faint white eye ring, greyish lores and rufous or black streaks on the face, throat and breast. Size 22-26 cm.

Distinctive Markings

Grey with an olive-brown back.

Diet

Omnivore, feeding on invertebrates, small mammals, frogs, lizards, mammals, birds' eggs and young. Fruits and seeds may also be eaten.

Habitat

Eucalypt forests, woodlands, coastal scrubs, mallee, watercourses, parks and gardens.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
A very rich and melodic set of calls including ringing whistles and musical notes "quorra-quorra-quorra, whieet-chiew".
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Pachycephalidae
Genus
Colluricincla
Species
harmonica
Widespread in south-eastern Australia to coastal northern Australia, central south-eastern and western Australia and Tasmania.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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