What does it look and sound like? The alternative name for this species is the Peewee, which 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.
Where does it live? The Magpie-lark is confined to Australasia, being also found in Timor and New Guinea.
What are its habitats and habits? The Magpie-lark is found in all but the densest forests and driest deserts. 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.
Scientific name: Grallina cyanoleuca