The Willie Wagtail, a member of the Fantail family, would have to be one of the most common birds around. It also seems that they stay up all night too as you will often hear them calling at all hours. The Willie Wagtail lives in most habitats apart from thick bush.
It spends much of its time moving quickly across open ground in search of insects, its favourite food. Obviously it gets its name from the continual wagging of its tail. Even if it’s sitting on a branch, it continually wags.
The Willie Wagtail can be quite aggressive to other birds. You will often see them chasing magpies, ravens and other birds. They are very territorial.
The willie (or willy) wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) is a passerine bird native to Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Eastern Indonesia. It is a common and familiar bird throughout much of its range, living in most habitats apart from thick forest. Measuring 19–21.5 cm (7 1⁄2–8 1⁄2 in) in length, the willie wagtail is contrastingly coloured with almost entirely black upperparts and white underparts; the male and female have similar plumage.