Sexing Peewees

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Sexing Peewees

While filming a segment for Burke’s Backyard, Don noticed a pair of peewees foraging in his garden.

Peewee (Grallina cyanoleuca)

The peewee or Australian magpie-lark is also known as the mudlark, because it builds its nest from mud. The mud nest is reinforced with vegetation and moulded to fit snugly on a horizontal tree branch or support. Peewees are common throughout mainland Australia.

These black and white birds are distinctively patterned, so it is very easy to tell the sexes apart. The male has a black throat and white eyebrows. The female has a white throat, and a white strip running up the side of the neck, stopping just short of the top of the head.