Black Fantail

To: Russ Lamb <>
Subject: Black Fantail
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 21:24:59 +1100

Black Fantail was a name given by Gould to the Willie - according to Macdonald "Australian Birds by Common Name"

Caley also uses the names:

Black & White Fantail
Shepherd's Companion
Willy Wagtail

SO it does not matter whether you spell it Willie or Willy - I like that


Michael Tarburton


On 24/11/2009, at 10:22 PM, Russ Lamb wrote:

Changing the thread slightly, found a booklet in the Australian natural history section of a second-hand bookstore in Eumundi,SEQ called "Kodak's Australian Animals" (or something like that).Wasn't dated but looked to me to have been published around the 1930's. It contained a photo and brief text about a bird named and captioned as a Black Fantail, which was in fact a Willie Wagtail (which the booklet gave as an italicized alternative name). I can't remember ever coming across this name in any other Australian bird books.

Russ Lamb,Maleny,SEQ


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