White-breasted Woodswallow (Palau)

Artamus leucoryn pelewensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Woodswallows (Artamidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ARTLEU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The White-breasted Woodswallow has a large range of 7,630,000 square kilometers. It occurs in a variety of wooded and open habitats in Australia, New Guinea, French Polynesia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Palau. Although the population size for this common species hasn't been estimated, the White-breasted Woodswallow is believed to have a large, stable population, and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

White-breasted Woodswallow (Palau): Small woodswallow, brown-gray hood and upperparts. Black-gray lores, wings, and tail. Breast, belly, and vent are white. Medium, rather heavy, blue-gray bill with black tip. Long, pointed wings. Short, slightly cleft tail. Sexes similar, juvenile has some mottling above, brown-white on breast and eyebrow.

 

Range and Habitat

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White-breasted Woodswallow (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

White-breasted Woodswallow E1

Harsh calls.

White-breasted Woodswallow H1

Call is a repeated "pirrt".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pirt pirt", "aerk aerk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Despite its common name, 'woodswallow' is a misnomer. These birds are not related to true swallows.
  • The White-breasted Woodswallow was first described in 1771 by Linnaeus. Its species name derives from Ancient Greek: leucos 'white', and rhynchos 'bill'.
  • These birds are highly nomadic, following their flying insect prey and roosting in large flocks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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