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Masked Woodswallow

(Artamus personatus)
Alternate name(s): "Blue-bird", "Bush Martin", "Blue Martin", "Skimmer*"
Aboriginal name(s): "djilbong" (WA)

Size: 19-20 cm

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Masked Woodswallow at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Masked Woodswallow stretching a wing
[Near Hungerford, QLD, September 2012]

Lateral view of a male Masked Woodswallow perched in an Acacia salicina tree
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2015]

Comparison of a male Masked Woodswallow (lower right) with a female White-browed Woodswallow
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2015]

Lateral view of a male Masked Woodswallow in flight seen in a mixed flock with White-browed Woodswallows

Ventral view of a male Masked Woodswallow in flight
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2015]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Masked Woodswallow preening in a Acacia salicina tree
[Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2015]

Near-lateral view of a female Masked Woodswallow perched in a Acacia salicina tree
[Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2015]

Pair of Masked Woodswallows in a dead tree; the male is on the left, the female on the right
[Near Hungerford, QLD, September 2012]

Lateral view of a female Masked Woodswallow in flight seen in a mixed flock with White-browed Woodswallows
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2015]

Cutout from a larger photo of a mixed flock of Masked Woodswallows and White-browed Woodswallows; click on image to see the full field-of-view (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Hybrid Masked/White-browed Woodswallow(?)

Frontal view of a possible hybrid between Masked Woodswallow and White-browed Woodswallow (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Nomadic Elementary unit: Flock

Food, Diet

Adults: Small insects Dependents: As adults Water intake: Daily(?)

Like all members of the Artamus family known to us, Masked Woodswallows hunt small insects which they devour in-flight.

Part of a mixed flock of (both adult and immature) White-browed Woodswallows and Masked Woodswallows seen by us descending onto (and foraging on?) a dry paddock shortly after rainfall
[Eulah Creek, NSW, February 2014]

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.

mskswal_20150916.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls (perched) © MD
mskswal_20150916_3.mp3 (NW NSW) Warning/departure © MD
mskswal_20150916_2.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
mixwood_20150916.mp3 (NW NSW) Mixed flock with White-browed Woodswallows © MD

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