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White-fronted Chat

(Epthianura albifrons)
Alternate name(s): "Tang", "Banded Tintac", "Ringlet", "White-fronted Nun", "Clipper", "Dotterel" (misnomer), "Jenny-wren", "Baldyhead", "Gar", "Bumps", "Moon-bird", "Ring-neck", "Single-bar", "Thistlebird"
Aboriginal name(s): "yabawilban" (WA)

Size: 11-13 cm
Weight: 11-17 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White-fronted Chat at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. Helens, TAS, September 2021]

Near-frontal view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. Helens, TAS, September 2021]

Near-frontal view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male White-fronted Chat looking for prey
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, May 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. Helens, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a male White-fronted Chat looking out from its hiding place in wheat stubble
[Between Burren Junction and Pilliga, NSW, May 2022]

Lateral view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Kooragang Island, Newcastle, NSW, February 2013]

Close-up lateral view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Lateral view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. Helens, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Lateral/ventral view of a male White-fronted Chat
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, May 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a male White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

FEMALE

Close-up frontal view of a female White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Close-up frontal view of a female White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Close-up near-frontal view of a female White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Close-up lateral view of a female White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Close-up lateral view of a female White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Close-up near-dorsal view of a female White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

Dorsal view of a female White-fronted Chat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Orielton Lagoon, near Sorell, TAS, April 2021]

PAIR

Near-frontal/near-dorsal view of a pair of White-fronted Chats
[Between Burren Junction and Pilliga, NSW, May 2022]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature male White-fronted Chat
[Between Burren Junction and Pilliga, NSW, February 2024]

Frontal view of a juvenile White-fronted Chat with its prey, a flying insect
[Goran Lake, near Gunnedah, NSW, February 2022]

Near-frontal view of a juvenille White-fronted Chat, right, with a female on the left
[Goran Lake, near Gunnedah, NSW, February 2022]

Behaviour

White-fronted Chats can form mobs; here part of a mob of 30 in flight
[Goran Lake, near Gunnedah, NSW, February 2022]

White-fronted Chats can form mobs; here part of a mob of 30 in flight
[Goran Lake, near Gunnedah, NSW, February 2022]

Food, Diet

Frontal view of a male White-fronted Chat with its prey, a spider (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Frontal view of a male White-fronted Chat with its prey, a caterpillar (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lake Tyrrell, VIC, October 2019]

Frontal view of a female White-fronted Chat with caterpillars (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Lake Bindegolly NP, near Thargomindah, QLD, June 2019]

Frontal view of a juvenile White-fronted Chat with its prey, a flying insect
[Goran Lake, near Gunnedah, NSW, February 2022]

White-fronted Chats having a drink of water from a shallow ephemeral lake
[Goran Lake, near Gunnedah, NSW, February 2022]

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.

wfrchat_20220218.m4a (NW NSW) ? © MD
wfrchat_20220218_3.m4a (NW NSW) ? © MD
wfrchat_20220315_3.m4a (NW NSW) ? © MD
wfrchat_20220218_2.m4a (NW NSW) ? (mob of 30 in flight) © MD

More White-fronted Chat sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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