Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 8958

Subspecies Eurostopodus (Eurostopodus) mystacalis mystacalis (Temminck, 1826)




New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Coastal E Australia, E of Great dividing Range, north to Cape York Peninsula, south to S VIC (Otway Ranges), and inland to inner western watersheds of Great Dividing Range erratically west as far as Barcaldine-Blackall-Chinchilla, QLD, Brewarrina-Holbrook, NSW, and Echuca-Swan Hill-Bendigo, VIC—also W islands in Torres Strait to central New Guinea on migration.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


NSW, Qld, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Flinders (FLI), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), NSW North Coast (NNC), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT)

Other Regions

Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • New South Wales: SE coastal
    • Queensland: NE coastal, Torres Strait Islands
    • Victoria: SE coastal
  • Indonesia
    • Irian Jaya
  • Papua New Guinea

Ecological Descriptors

Aerial, arthropod-feeder, crepuscular, gregarious, low woodland, migratory, nocturnal, nomadic, open forest, sedentary, tall forest, tall heath, terrestrial, territorial, volant, woodland.

Extra Ecological Information

Randomly dispersed, seasonal breeder, feeds on wing at night in twisting and turning evolutions on stiffly-held, jerked wings, roosts on ground by day in leaf litter, calls both on wing and from low perches, lays a single cream-buff ellipsoid egg sparingly marked with bold black and sepia on bare ground or litter, hatchlings rusty-brown-downed and immatures toned extensively cinnamon-russet dorsally, breeding summer migrant south of c. 25ºS, present year round further N in Australia, and winters from Cape York Peninsula through central New Guinea.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Feb-2010 (import)