White-breasted wood swallow (species: Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus
White-breasted wood swallow

©Ceri Pearce: White-breasted wood swallow at swamp behind Watson's Bay, Lizard Island

©Charlie Shuetrim: On Casurina Beach out the front of the Lizard Island Research Station, Queensland, Australia

©Anne Hoggett: White-breasted Woodswallows at Casuarina Beach, 1 April 2012
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Artamidae
Genus Artamus
Species Artamus (Artamus) leucorynchus
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

A small bird with dark grey head, back and wings, contrasting sharply with white breast and underparts. Bill is pale blue with a black tip.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



The scientific name is not accepted by Integrated Taxonomic Information System
by Gaia Guide


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: Migratory, appearing at Lizard Island in about mid March. Common when present.


Diet is mainly of flying insects and sometimes nectar and pollen. Often seen clumped together on branches.

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
  • Smith, G.C. (1987). The birds of Eagle Island, a tropical sand cay on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia, The Sunbird, 17(1): 1-11. LIRS catalog number 245.