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Photo of a woodpecker

Birds that start with W

Birds in all shapes, colors and sizes. Birds that fly, birds that walk, birds that chirp, birds that talk.
Scientific name: aquila audax
The wedge-tailed eagle is the largest eagle in Australia, and one of the largest in the world with a wingspan of around 2.5 metres. It eats any animal that is small enough for it to catch, including rabbits, small kangaroos and lambs. Wedge-tail eagles will also eat dead animals they find, and are commonly seen eating by the roadside eating kangaroos that have been hit by cars.
Scientific name: rhipidura leucophrys
The willie wagtail, or willy wagtail, is a small, black and white songbird found in Australia and Indonesia. They are called wagtails because of their habit of waggin their tail backwards and forwards as they hop around. They eat insects, and are a common sight in backyards in Australia. They are aggressive and can be seen chasing larger birds and even cats out of their territory.
Photo of a woodpecker
Scientific name: family: picidae
Woodpeckers are a group of birds found all over the world except Australia, New Zealand and the polar areas. Woodpeckers have very strong, sharp, straight beaks so they can hammer and drill into wood. Their heads are designed so they do not get hurt by their hammering. Woodpeckers live mainly in forests and rainforests. Woodpeckers mainly eat burrowing insects like beetles and grubs that they find inside dead wood and bark on trees.
Photo of a wren

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Scientific name: family: troglodytidae
Wrens are small birds. They eat insects and usually live low down in forests. They have a pretty song, for such a small bird that is hard to see.