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Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit

(Falcunculus frontatus)
Alternate name(s): "Crested Shrike-tit", "Barktit", "Yellow-hammer", "Frontal Shriketit", "Falcon-shrike"
Size: 15-19 cm
Weight: 27 g (average)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

Near-frontal view of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

Near-lateral view of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

Male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit searching for prey
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Lateral view of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

View onto the crest of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

Near-dorsal view of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

Dorsal view of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit looking for places where insects may be hiding
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit; note the olive-brown throat, as opposed to the male's black throat
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, December 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

Ventral view of a female Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

The same female Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit as above, slightly different viewing angle
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

Female Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit foraging through the bark of an eucalypt tree
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Two male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tits together; one, although in adult plumage, was begging to be fed, so probably still dependent
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial? Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Pair/family clan

Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tits are known for their habit of foraging under treebark. Their powerful bills allow them to rip off pieces, the sound of which can be heard over long distances.

Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit prying loose the end of an old piece of bark
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

Male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit apparently tapping the piece of bark, possibly to check for sounds of whatever may be hidden underneath
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

Male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit now tearing open the bark and pulling out what looks like a spider in its web
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

Clear view of a male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit tearing at a piece of bark
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, June 2012]

Food, Diet

Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tits forage under tree bark, often by tearing off pieces for insects and other small animals.

Male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit with its prey, possibly a spider
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, May 2012]

Male Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit taking psyllids from the underside of eucalypt leaves
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

crshtit_20141203.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls © MD
crshtit_20170126.mp3 (S QLD) Contact calls? © MD
crshtit_20140919_2.mp3 (NW NSW) (Abbreviated?) contact call © MD
crshtit_20140919_3.mp3 (NW NSW) (Abbreviated?) contact call © MD
crshtit_20140704.mp3 (NW NSW) Feeding calls © MD
crshtit_20140704_3.mp3 (NW NSW) Feeding calls © MD
crshtit_20140124_3.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
crshtit_20140124_4.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
crshtit_20140124_5.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
crshtit_20140124_2.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD
crshtit_20140124.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD
crshtit_20151021.mp3 (NW NSW) ? © MD

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