woodswallow


woodswallow

bird
also called  Swallow-shrike 

      (Artamus), any of 10 species of songbirds constituting the family Artamidae (order Passeriformes). Woodswallows are found from eastern India, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines southward to Australia and Tasmania. They resemble swallows in wing shape and aerial feeding habits. All are gray, with white, black, or reddish touches (sexes alike). They have stout, wide-gaped bills and brush-tipped tongues.

      These noisy, belligerent birds capture insects in midair in open country and roost in close bodily contact; some species breed in colonies. Australian examples are the 15-centimetre (6-inch) little woodswallow (Artamus minor) and the 22-centimetre (9-inch) white-browed woodswallow (A. superciliosus)—among the smallest and largest members of the family.

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  • White-browed Woodswallow — Taxobox name = White browed Woodswallow status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Artamidae genus = Artamus species = A. superciliosus binomial = Artamus superciliosus… …   Wikipedia

  • Little Woodswallow — Taxobox name = Little Woodswallow status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Artamidae genus = Artamus species = A. minor binomial = Artamus minor binomial authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • Black-faced Woodswallow — Taxobox name = Black faced Woodswallow status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Artamidae genus = Artamus species = A. cinereus binomial = Artamus cinereus binomial… …   Wikipedia

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