WA Birds 19. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike to Torresian Crow


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (photograph)

Coracina novaehollandiae

Common throughout WA.


White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina papuensis

Fairly common in most of the Kimberley except Broome.  Flocks of up to 50 seen in the Ord River irrigation areas near Kununurra.



Coracina tenuirostris

Rare in the north Kimberley.


Ground Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina maxima

Widespread but generally uncommon in the drier inland particularly the more open areas.  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine, Gibb River Road near Derby, Payne's Find, Walga Rock near Cue and the Eyre Highway near Cocklebiddy.  Reported south of Payne's Find and breeding close to the turnoff to the Eyre Bird Observatory.


White-winged Triller

Lalage sueurii

Abundant in the Kimberley.  Common as far south as Cue and Shark Bay.  A fairly common summer migrant to the south and south west.


Varied Triller

Lalage leucomela

Fairly common in rainforest patches in the north Kimberley.  Seen at St Patrick’s Island, Sale River and Kimberley Coastal Camp.


Yellow Oriole

Oriolus flavocinctus

Fairly common and often heard in taller riverine habitat in the north Kimberley.  Common in Kununurra.  Seen at Kimberley Coastal Camp, St Patrick's Island and Sale River.


Olive-backed Oriole

Oriolus sagittatus

Fairly common in the Kimberley.  Seen at Broome, Derby, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra and Wyndham.



Sphecotheres viridis

Hard to find in WA.  Reported at Windjana Gorge and Manning Gorge.  Reported in rainforest patches along the Kimberley coast.  Seen in riverine and remnant rainforest near Mitchell Plateau.


White-breasted Woodswallow (photograph)

Artamus leucorhynchus

Fairly common to very common along the coast south to Carnarvon.  Seen inland at Kununurra, Lake Argyle and Argyle Diamond Mine.


Masked Woodswallow (photograph)

Artamus personatus

Generally uncommon in WA but they can irrupt in large numbers in good seasons.  Seen a few times at Argyle Diamond Mine.  Seen at Broome in July 1990.  About 50 seen near Ngumbin Cliffs in July 199?.  About 10 between Cue and Walga Rock in November 1999.  About 100 seen just south of Payne's Find in November 1999.  One seen at Carbla Station south of Carnarvon in February 1996.  A few seen at Nallan Station near Cue in September 1997 and November 2003.


White-browed Woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus

Rare in WA.  Seen near Ngumbin Cliffs in July 1993.  Saw two at Argyle Diamond Mine in July 1999.  Often associates with Masked Woodswallows.


Black-faced Woodswallow (photographs)

Artamus cinereus

Common to abundant in most of WA except the far south west.


Dusky Woodswallow (photograph)

Artamus cyanopterus

Common to very common south west of the line from Shark Bay to Eucla.  Usually in open forest and woodland such as wandoo.  Easy to find at Dryandra State Forest and Stirling Ranges.


Little Woodswallow (photograph)

Artamus minor

Occurs in the northern half of WA especially in rocky habitats.  Common at Walga Rock near Cue and seen near Lake Austin.  Common above sand dunes in the northern part of the Canning Stock Route.


Black Butcherbird

Cracticus quoyi

Very rarely recorded in WA.  Reported in mangroves between the Ord River and NT border.


Grey Butcherbird (photograph)

Cracticus torquatus

Occurs in the Pilbara and southern WA.  Common in the south west.  Race latens is fairly common in rocky areas of the north and east Kimberley.  There is a proposal to make this a full species.


Pied Butcherbird (photograph)

Cracticus nigrogularis

Common in most of the inland, the Pilbara and the Kimberley.


Australian Magpie (photographs)

Gymnorhina tibicen

Occurs throughout most of WA.  Abundant in the south west and sparse in the Kimberley.


Grey Currawong

Strepera versicolor

Occurs mostly south west of the line from about Shark Bay to Eucla.  Easy to find at Dryandra State Forest.  Common beside Albany Highway in the jarrah forest early in the morning.  Seen at Gingin.


Australian Raven (photograph)

Corvus coronoides

Occurs south west of the line from about Shark Bay to Eucla, but most common in the south west and along the south coast.  Seen at Denham.


Little Crow (photograph)

Corvus bennetti

Can occur in most of WA except the south west.  It is the common corvid in areas such as Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Cue and areas of mulga.


Torresian Crow

Corvus orru

Can occur in the northern half of WA.  It is the common corvid in the Kimberley.  Seen once near Cue in February 1996.


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