Whitebrowed woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus taxonomy

Artamus superciliosus Gould, 1837, Hunter River, New South Wales, Australia.

other common names

French: Langrayen bridé; German: Weissbrauen-Schwalbenstar; Spanish: Golondrina del Bosque de Cejas Blancas.

physical characteristics

7.5-7.9 in (19-20 cm); 1.1-1.3 oz (32-38 g). Male gray above, chestnut below, highlighted by white-eyebrow stripe, and white corners to tail. Female, colors muted; juvenile brown and streaked.


Nomadic species found throughout much of the eastern half of Australia, primarily away from the coast.


Occupies highly diverse habitat, from eucalypt forests and woodlands to arid spinifex, heathlands, and settled areas including orchards and farmlands.


Highly nomadic, flocks often contain several woodswallow species. Opportunistic breeder, with flocks settling in areas where insects are abundant or where recent rains have occurred. Chattering contact calls are frequent among flock members, and they frequently cluster together at roost.

feeding ecology and diet

A predominately aerial forager, endlessly swooping and soaring, taking flying insects. Will take insects from ground or foliage, and flower nectar.

reproductive biology

Usually nest in loose colonies, often opportunistically after rainfall. Both parents build flimsy nest of plant fibers placed in crevice. Clutch is usually two to three blotched white eggs; incubation lasts about 16 days and fledging occurs after about two weeks, although young stay with parents considerably longer.

conservation status

Not threatened.

significance to humans None known. ♦

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