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Australasian Figbird

 
Introduction:
Olive-green body with black crown, bare red skin around eyes.
Identification: The male has bare, red skin around the eye, a black crown and grey neck and throat. Its body is olive-green, except for a white under-tail area.  The female has grey skin around the eye and lacks distinctive head markings. It is brown-green above and dull-white below, streaked with brown. Both sexes have a blackish bill. Males in the north have a yellow front in contrast to the all olive green of southern birds. Body size up to 29 cm.
Max. Size:
29 cm.
Distribution:
northern and eastern Australia
Habitat:
Rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests, also urban parks and gardens, particularly those with figs and other fruit-producing trees.
Biology:
Commonly encountered in city parks that contain fig trees, and will often visit orchards and gardens that have leafy trees and berry-producing plants. It feeds in flocks and will eat most soft fruits and berries; insects are also an important part of their diet. It nests in small, semi-colonial groups, with nests often quite close together. The nest is cup-shaped and built of vine tendrils and twigs. It is supported by its rim from the horizontal fork of an outer branch of the canopy, up to 20 m above the ground. Both males and females incubate the eggs and feed the young.  Its call is a loud, descending 'chiew'.
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