Sphecotheres viridis

Sphecotheres viridis

Sphecotheres viridis

(Figbird)

FAMILY

Oriolidae

Species

Sphecotheres viridis

Common name

Figbird

Main colour

Olive-green

Distinctive feature

Dimorphic sexes, facial skin red in male, bluish in female, size 27-29.5 cm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

The sexes in this species are quite distinctive although both are basically olive-green; the male has a black head with red facial skin, the tail is black and white. The female is olive-brown, with paler underparts, which are streaked with brown. A number of colour morphs occur throughout its distribution. Legs and feet red to grey, eyes brown, bill dark.