White-browed Woodswallows

The White-browed Woodswallows (Artamus superciliosus) is a moderately-sized passerine bird.

White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)

Distribution / Range

White-browed Woodswallows are native to inland Australia.

They are highly nomadic. Pairs, small parties, and sometimes flocks of thousands wander irregularly around inland Australia, often trending north to winter in the Northern Territory and central Queensland, and south in spring to nest.

Female White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus)

Their heartland is the area centered on the Murray-Darling Basin, but they range far beyond this area, and in drought years frequently reach coastal south-east Australia.

They are uncommon in Western Australia but small numbers regularly associate with flocks of the Masked Woodswallows.

Description and Feeding

Like all woodswallows, it has a brush-tipped tongue but feeds almost exclusively on flying insects.

White-browed Woodswallow on nest (Artamus superciliosus)


  • BirdLife International (2004). Artamus superciliosus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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