Birds in our World with Keith Ireland
Sometimes it is difficult to know which bird goes with which other, when the male and female do not have the same plumage.
Probably the one I have been most asked about, is one of our most common birds, the Peewee, also called Magpie Lark, Peewit and Mudlark.
Both sexes are black and white and without seeing the two birds relatively close together, an explanation can be rather tricky.
However it is much easier to show the difference when the two birds are together as in the illustration attached.
The female is on the left in the picture and by looking at her head, you will see black at the top, but she is white on the face, from the forehead, past the bill to under the chin.
The male however, on the right, is completely black on the face and down the front of the body.
Quite a number of birds have differences in plumage of the male and female but I will cover only two others which are very common in Central Queensland.
The first species from our area, the Figbird, has a male with green wings, and a black head with a red patch around each eye.
The upper parts of the female are mainly brown with a grey patch around each eye while the under parts are white with brown streaks all over.
Another part time resident with different plumage for the sexes, is the Koel, a member of the Cuckoo family.
The male is a shiny black with red eyes.
The female has a variety of dullish colours including a glossy black head, with upper feathers brown and mainly dullish white underneath with soft brownish colours in places also.