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This is not a quoll. It is a willy wagtail.

Around here there are two instances where you’re likely to hear willy wagtails. The first is the vaguely pleasant birdsong during dawn. Usually they’re the first up. The second is their strident alarm call, the willy wagtail equivalent of “piss off!”, which is a much more common sound and presumably the source of their traditional Noongar name, djidji-djidji.

September 12, 2014 - Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)

Requested by: coramatus

Willie Wagtails live in mainland Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the Maluku Islands. They eat insects, hunting mostly on the ground and often wagging their tail from side to side as they move around. They weave their nests from grasses and spider webs, lining them with soft grass and fur, sometimes taken from a live animal. These birds are very territorial and are often aggressive toward larger birds, such as eagles.

Selfy as a Disney Princess, because I keep being visited by local fat birbs. Seemed a logical conclusion. Dress based on my medieval kit.

Willie Wagtails are so cute tho - I had the opportunity to observe the little guy who keeps hanging out, outside my door, and true to his name, he just kept waggling his tail like an energetic toddler. Or, like this gif: