Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

At 20 cm long, the black-and-white willy wagtail is the largest Australian fantail.

Willie wagtails are active feeders. They can be seen darting around on the ground as they hunt for insects, their tails wagging from side to side.

Aggressive and territorial, willy wagtails often harass much larger birds such as kookaburras and wedge-tailed eagles.

Tjukurpa tells how tjintir-tjintirpa (willy wagtail) hears faint sounds of singing and realises that the ceremonies of the Mala (rufous hare-wallaby) people have started. To show how pleased she is, she smiles and forms Ikari, a cave near Mutitjulu Waterhole where you can still find willy wagtails today.

Scientific name

Rhipidura leucophrys

Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara name

tjintir-tjintirpa or ilpurpura