Australian Chats | White-fronted Chat > foraging | water |

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/