Willie WagtailScientific name: Rhipidura leucophrys

Meaning of name: Rhipidura is from the Greek words rhipis or rhipidos, meaning fan, and ura, meaning tail. Leucophrys is from the Greek words leucos, meaning white, and phrys, meaning brow.

Aboriginal name: Djitidjiti (chit’er’chit’er).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia.

Description: Up to 21cm long with a wingspan of 31cm.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 601 km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in March 1974, 9 years 4.5 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html