Black Tree-ticker (species complex) Birrima varians (Germar, 1834)
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Male
Species number (TNS): 521–523. Fore wing length: 24–32 mm. Distribution and seasonality: Subtropical and adjacent warm temperate areas from the Atherton Tableland in north- eastern Queensland south to Armidale in northern New South Wales. Adults occur from August to March, or occasionally as late as May in some seasons. Notable localities: Carnarvon National Park, Atherton, Toowoomba, Greater Brisbane. Habitat: Open forest. Often occurs in association with Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis). This species complex contains: Southern Tree-ticker (TNS: 521). Occurs from Bunya Mountains south to Armidale. Northern Tree-ticker (TNS: 522). Atherton Tableland, Eungella Plateau and Blackdown Tableland south to Nambour, Woodford and Somerset Dam. Central Tree-ticker (TNS:523). From Clermont south to Carnarvon National Park. Calling song and behaviour: Slow, repeated “zeeeeeet” phrases emitted whilst in flight. . Males are very active and fly continuously, but will come to rest on trees, shrubs and occasionally on posts and other man-made structures. Females usually sit quietly on trees and shrubs. Similar species: Red Tree-ticker; also check genus Yoyetta.
Habitat
Female
Southern Tree-ticker
Northern Tree-ticker
Male
Female
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Southern Tree-ticker
Northern Tree-ticker
Central Tree-ticker