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Pilotbird

(Pycnoptilus floccosus)
Alternate name(s): "Downy Pycnoptilus", "Guinea-a-week"
Size: 16.5-17.5 cm
Weight: 25-39 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pilotbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

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ADULT

Frontal view of a Pilotbird (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Near Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, May 2014]

Frontal view of a Pilotbird on Hawkesbury Sandstone (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Blackheath, NSW, April 2014]

Frontal view of a Pilotbird (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Pilotbird (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Pilotbird fluttering its wings (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Pilotbird (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Lateral view of a Pilotbird; note how, characteristically, the bird carries its tail cocked (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Lateral view of a Pilotbird (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Dorsal/ventral view of a Pilotbird with its tail cocked (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Food, Diet

This Pilotbird has found something interesting and is scraping the ground to expose it (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

Some more digging is required... (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

... before the Pilotbird got its prey (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Off Wong Log Road, Mt. Nunniong, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2018]

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