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SPECIES INFO

The Crested Shrike-tit, Falcunculus frontatus, is a bird endemic to Australia. Three subspecies inhabit open eucalypt forest and woodland in the southwest (F. f. leucogaster), north (F. f. whitei) and east (F. f. frontatus). These are sometimes considered full species. It has a parrot-like bill, used for distinctive bark-stripping behaviour, which gains it access to invertebrates.

Males are larger than females in wing length, weight, and bill-size (Noske 2003). Males have black throats, while females have olive green.

Recent work with nuclear gene sequencing suggests that the Shrike-tits and Wattled Ploughbill may require their own family, Falcunculidae (Dickinson 2003).

F. f. frontatus is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, F. f. whitei is considered Endangered, and F. f. leucogaster is listed as Near Threatened. Both the Northern Shrike-tit (F. f. whitei) and the Western Shrike-tit (F. f. leucogaster) suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation (CSIRO WfHC factsheet Falcunculus frontatus).





                                     



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