Category Archives: Fantail

Willie Wagtail attacks Raven

Australian Ravens are big, fierce birds. Willie Wagtails are round little balls of fluff with a faintly ridiculous habit of waving their tails around. But don’t let appearances deceive you. Willie Wagtails are plucky, if reckless. This one took objection to the spot a raven had chosen for a perch, and pestered the larger bird until it flew away.

The characters:

  • Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys),  approximate length 20 cm
  • Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides), approximate length: 50 cm

Date spotted: 29 January 2017

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’35.0″S 151°14’48.5″E

Willie Wagtail at Manly Dam

So much restless energy. A Willie Wagtail flits from spot to spot, flicking and fanning his tail for anyone who may be watching.

Willie Wagtails are members of the fantail family. Most of those I’ve seen wave their tails from side to side, rather than fanning them. But this one does occasionally show a bit of fan action.

Here’s a still photo, with a nice view of the bird’s white eyebrow:


Common name: Willie Wagtail

Scientific name: Rhipidura leucophrys

Approximate length: 20 cm

Date spotted: 13 June 2016

Season: Winter

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’36.5″S 151°15’16.1″E