Shelter: Nests constructed in shrubs, trees, and man-made structures
Diet: Flying insects
Water: Bird baths
ReWild Benefit: Pest control
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Black-faced Woodswallows are commonly seen roosting in large groups in large trees, shrubs, and along fence lines.
Black-faced Woodswallows are communal nesters with many pairs nesting close together. Each pair builds a nest from common materials found in home gardens including grasses, twigs, and strips of bark. They build their nests indiscriminately including forks of trees, in shallow hollows, in dense shrubs, or on fence posts.
Keep and maintain mature trees in your garden as they provide habitat and natural nesting hollows for woodswallows.
Black-faced Woodswallows are known to nest around buildings including inside garden sheds, under eaves, and other structures.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Black-faced Woodswallows eat flying insects including flies, grasshoppers, bees, butterflies, moths, and many others. A garden with diverse shrubs, trees, clumping grasses, and groundcover will attract insects, and inevitably woodswallows.
Providing sources of water
Black-faced Woodswallows may congregate in large numbers around shallow bird baths.
Black-faced Woodswallows delight in feeding on swarms of flying insects and help to control pest species within the ecosystem. Visit BirdLife Australia to learn more about our native birds. If you have seen one in your neighbourhood or around the home you can record your sighting on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population.