Pilotbird (species: Pycnoptilus floccosus) in Gardens of Stone NP (Gaia Guide)
Pycnoptilus floccosus

©Mdekool: Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Dasyornithidae
Genus Pycnoptilus
Species Pycnoptilus floccosus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a large head and a short bill. The plumage is mostly brown with scalloping on the chest and an orangeish throat. (Wikipedia)


  • From 17 cm to 19 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Average mature specimens


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Interesting facts

  • The name of the species comes from its supposed habit of following lyrebirds, taking prey that they flush. This habit is well known but seldom observed. (Wikipedia)


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

Its natural habitat is temperate wet sclerophyll forests and occasionally temperate rainforest. (Wikipedia)

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