Apostlebird (species: Struthidea cinerea) in Toorale NP (Gaia Guide)
Struthidea cinerea

©Leo: Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)

©Unknown: Struthidea cinerea

©David Cook: Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Corcoracidae
Genus Struthidea
Species Struthidea cinerea
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a predominantly dark grey bird with a long black tail tinted greenish in sunlight. The grey feathers on the head, neck and breast are brushed with paler grey-white and the wings are brownish. The legs and bill are black and the eyes brown or white. (Wikipedia)

Juveniles are fluffier and have less streaked plumage than adults.


  • From 29 cm to 33 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The natural range is across inland eastern Australia, from the mallee regions of northern Victoria and eastern South Australia, north through New South Wales and central-western Queensland to the Gulf Country. There is an isolated population in the Northern Territory. Dry open woodland is the preferred habitat, especially Callitris in New South Wales and Casuarina in Queensland, and Lancewood-Bulwaddi communities in the Northern Territory. (Wikipedia)


They eat both insects and seeds.

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