White-breasted Woodswallow (species: Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus) in Mungo NP (Gaia Guide)
Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus
White-breasted Woodswallow

©J.J. Harrison: White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus)

©Anne: White-breasted Woodswallows (Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus)

©Charlie: White-breasted Woodswallows (Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Artamidae
Genus Artamus
Species Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

A small bird with dark grey head, back and wings, contrasting sharply with white breast and underparts. Bill is pale blue with a black tip.

Juveniles have brownish upperparts and a thin off-white eyebrow.  Their chest is also more buff than adults who have very white chest plumage.


  • Up to 17 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



The scientific name is not accepted by Integrated Taxonomic Information System
by Gaia Guide


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: Migratory, appearing at Lizard Island in about mid March. Common when present.


Diet is mainly of flying insects and sometimes nectar and pollen. Often seen clumped together on branches.

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.