White-fronted Chat

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White-fronted Chat

Epthianura albifrons


Breeds from July-January. Males and females form pairs at the end of winter while feeding in flocks. The male carefully guards the female and defends a small nest site territory. The female builds a cup nest of grass and twigs in a tussock or low shrub. Both male and female assist with incubation of the eggs and feeding of the young.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Honeyeater
Identifying Characteristics

The male has a white face and underparts dissected by a distinctive black breastband extending around the back of the head. Back and rump grey with dark brown wings and upper tail-coverts. The female has a grey-brown face and upperparts with a thin breastband. Size 11-13 cm.

Distinctive Markings

The male has a distinctive black, white and grey plumage with a prominent black breastband.

Diet

Omnivore, feeding on small invertebrates including midges, kelp-flies, bugs and beetles. They generally run along the ground picking up food items.

Habitat

Grass clumps, open damp ground, heath, saltmarshes, mangroves, dunes, saltbush plains.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
The call is a repeated metallic "tang".
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Meliphagidae
Genus
Epthianura
Species
albifrons
Southern Australia to Shark Bay, Western Australia, southern Queensland 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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