Pincer movement

There is more to listening for birds than birdsong.

One of the unmistakable sounds to be alert for in the local bush is that of bark being torn from eucalypt branches – more often than not the ‘culprit’ is the Crested Shrike-tit. These chunky little insectivores make a living from prising insects from under bark and even inside small branches where their powerful pincer-like bills can excavate inside a tiny opening to extract insect larvae. This pair was seen at the weekend in the Mia Mia. They can often be easy to photograph as they often feed close to the ground and can be trusting of observers when intent on hunting. The sexes are identical apart from the throat colouration which is black in the male and olive-green in the female.


Female Crested Shrike-tit, Mia Mia Track, 27th March 2016


Male Crested Shrike-tit


The female searching for insects in typical style







One response to “Pincer movement

  1. Ten out of ten for this post Geoff!

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