Crested Shriketit (Falcunculus frontatus)

…a species of shriketit (Pachycephalidae) which is endemic to the continent of Australia, where it is known to occur in open eucalypt forest and woodland. Despite their large parrot-like bill, crested shriketits feed mainly on insects and spiders. The large bill is used for bark-stripping, allowing the crested shriketit to gain access to invertebrates under tree bark. 

Although F. frontatus is currently placed in the family Pachycephalidae, recent genetic evidence suggests that it belongs in its own family Falcunculidae. The three subspecies of F. frontatus which all have disjunct ranges are also sometimes given full species status. 


Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Pachycephalidae*-Falcunculus-F. frontatus

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