White-fronted ChatWhite-fronted Chat – water White-fronted Chat – foraging

White-fronted Chats (Epthianura albifrons) can often be seen around water, not only to drink, splash around in to cool down and dislodge things in their plumage, but also at the water edges foraging for food. You may see them walking and running along the ground, picking up small insects, such as midges, kelp-flies, beetles and other insects.

The mature male of the species can be identified by the pinkish eye, white face bordered by a black breast band across the breast and nape, upper silver-grey plumage, white abdomen and dark brown on the wings and upper tail coverts.

Their preferred habitat is open country with low vegetation (including samphire, tea-tree and heath), often around water such as saltmarshes, coastal dunes, inland salt lakes, swamp and mangrove margins.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Meliphagidae
  • Genus: Epthianura
  • Species: E. albifrons
  • Binomial name: Epthianura albifrons

Footnote & References

  1. White-fronted Chat, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/birds/white-fronted-chat/

White-fronted ChatWhite-fronted Chat – water White-fronted Chat – foraging

Australian ChatsAustralian Chats Index Crimson Chat Orange Chat White-fronted Chat

BirdsBird Index Apostlebird Australasian Darter Australasian Figbird Australasian Gannet Australasian Grebe Australasian Pipit Australasian Robins Australasian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis) Australasian Wrens Australian Babblers Australian Bustard Australian Chats Australian Magpie Australian Pelican Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) Australian White Ibis Bassian Thrush Black-faced Cormorant Black-faced Woodswallow Black Swan Bowerbirds Brolga Brown Songlark Channel-billed Cuckoo Cinnamon Quail-thrush Cormorants Cuckooshrikes and Allies Dotterels Lapwings Plovers Doves & Pigeons Emu Fairy Martin Finches Freckled Duck Grey Fantail Grey Teal Honeyeaters Kingfishers Little Friarbird Little Grassbird Magpie-lark Masked Woodswallow Noisy Pitta Olive Whistler Paradise Riflebird Pardalotes Parrots Pheasant Coucal Pied Butcherbird Rainbow Bee-eater Raptors Rufous Fantail Redthroat Rufous Bristlebird Silver-crowned Friarbird Torresian Crow Waders Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) White-browed Woodswallow White Capped Noddy White-faced Heron White-necked Heron Willie Wagtail Yellow-throated Scrubwren