Magpie-lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

Also called the Peewee, the Magpie-lark is confined to Australasia. The alternative name has arisen from its harsh “pee-o-wit” or “pee-wee” call. During the breeding season, birds often sit side by side and call alternately, each raising and lowering their  wings as they do so. The bold black and white markings also assist in identification. Male birds differ from females in having a black forehead and throat and distinct white eyebrow, whereas the females have an all white face. Young birds have white throats, black foreheads and a white eyebrow.  The Magpie-lark is found in all but the densest forests and driest deserts. The Magpie-lark is also found in Timor and New Guinea. It is largely terrestrial, and is most often seen slowly searching on the ground for a variety of insects and their larvae, earthworms and freshwater invertebrates.