Green Catbird

A Green Catbird perched on the ground in a rainforest
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Scientific Name: Ailuroedus crassirostris 

Size: 29 to 34 cm

What does it look like?

 The Green Catbird is a robust bird with bright green wings and tail, a pale white bill and a red iris. Both sexes have distinct white-spots on the otherwise green underparts, and a dusky crown, nape and face. The lack of blackish ear coverts and the uniform bright green plumage of the larger Green Catbird distinguish it from the Spotted Catbird. 

Where is it found?

It is distributed in a broad coastal and near coastal band in eastern Australia, from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales. 

What are its habitats & habits?

It has strong legs, which it uses to bound up branches in search of food, or during courtship display. It is generally inconspicuous, more frequently heard uttering it characteristic cat-like wailing song than seen amongst the similarly coloured foliage of its rainforest home.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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