Birds | Willie Wagtail | Willy Wagtail (more images)

Can’t get enough of our Willy Wagtail, then check out more images of our cheery bird. The Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) is also seen spelt as Willie Wagtail.

In the following photos, the Willie Wagtail was warding off a water dragon reptile that was getting to close to their nest.

Unlike Wagtails from the genus Motacilla (family Motacillidae) the Willie Wagtail are not from the wagtail species, but belong to the Fantails from the genus Rhipidura (family Rhipiduridae).

Images © Dorothy L


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