Alice Springs Birds •

Alice Springs BirdsAlice Springs Birds — image index Babblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Channel-billed Cuckoo Crested Pigeon Galah Magpie-lark Musk Duck Port Lincoln Ringneck Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Sanderling Singing Honeyeater Spinifex Pigeon Southern Boobook Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Splendid Fairy-wren Spotted Dove Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite White-plumed Honeyeater Willie Wagtail Yellow-throated Miner

The delightful and cheeky Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) is another bird species that can be seen around Alice Springs. As well as enjoying bird baths in people’s garden, they have be seen in the botanic garden, parks and reserves around town. Recently, one Willy Wagtail has on it’s own accord, become part of the Alice Springs Desert Park bird show.

Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Sewerage Ponds, Alice Springs, NT

A black and white songbird, the Willy Wagtail has a narrow white eyebrow and whisker marks. It is black above, white below and black throat.

Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Sewerage Ponds, Alice Springs, NT
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Sewerage Ponds, Alice Springs, NT

Check out our Birds section for more info on the Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Rhipiduridae
  • Genus: Rhipidura
  • Species: Rhipidura leucophrys
  • Subspecies:
    • R. l. leucophrys
    • R. l. melaleuca
    • R. l. picata

Alice Springs BirdsAlice Springs Birds — image index Babblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Channel-billed Cuckoo Crested Pigeon Galah Magpie-lark Musk Duck Port Lincoln Ringneck Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Sanderling Singing Honeyeater Spinifex Pigeon Southern Boobook Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Splendid Fairy-wren Spotted Dove Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite White-plumed Honeyeater Willie Wagtail Yellow-throated Miner

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