Little Woodswallow (species: Artamus (Artamus) minor) in Fraser Island (Gaia Guide)
Artamus (Artamus) minor
Little Woodswallow

©Tom Tarrant: Little Woodswallow (Little Woodswallow)

©Tom Tarrant: Little Woodswallow (Artamus (Artamus) minor)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Artamidae
Genus Artamus
Species Artamus (Artamus) minor
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is dark, smoky brown overall, with deep gunmetal grey wings and a black-tipped, blue-tinged bill. (Wikipedia)


  • From 12 cm to 14 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor), is a bird patchily distributed over much of mainland Australia, avoiding only the driest deserts and the area within about 300 kilometres of the southern coastline, and showing a preference for rugged terrain around inland ranges. (Wikipedia)


Like other woodswallows, groups cluster huddled close together on high, dead branches to rest or sleep. Typical group sizes are modest but it is not uncommon to have hundreds gather together at a roost site. (Wikipedia)


Little Woodswallows soar effortlessly above the treetops or along cliff faces when hunting flying insects. (Wikipedia)

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