The willie wagtail is insectivorous and spends much time chasing prey in open habitat. Its common name is derived from its habit of wagging its tail horizontally when foraging on the ground. Aggressive and territorial, the willie wagtail will often harass much larger birds such as the laughing kookaburra and wedge-tailed eagle. I was told that they are a rare find in the Simpson Desert where this photo was taken.
2017Simpson Desert TripSouth Australia williewagtail bird simpsondesert photoWillie Wagtail southaustralia