Re: Request for identification please

To: Rosemary Hope <>
Subject: Re: Request for identification please
From: Niels Poul Dreyer <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 20:08:45 +1000 (EST)
At 10.58 02-07-97 +1000, you wrote:
>I saw a bird a couple of weeks ago which I have not been able to trace
>in my Slater Field Guide to Australian birds, so I wondered if you could
>tell me what it was.  I have never seen anything like it anywhere.
>It was lightish grey with a black skull cap and a black mark on its wing
>running parallel (about 1 centimetre in) with the edge.  Apart from the
>black markings it appeared to be the same shade of light (slate?) grey
>all over.   
>It was about the size of a noisy miner (one of which was nearby so I
>could compare), perhaps a shade larger, but with a shape more like a
>honey eater.
>It was in Scott Street, Elwood, perched on the telephone wire and it was
>around 3 p.m. on Sunday 22nd June.
>Any ideas as to identification will be gratefully received.
>Rosemary Hope
>If the bird had a thick head and a large thick whistler like bill, I would
guss that it was a Gray Shrikethrush or perhaps a Crested Bellbird (Black
cap), Young birds could have many different patterns on the wing. The shape
of the bird is more important. I have not got a clue where you live, Scott
St,  Elwood could be anywhere? I am based in Brisbane.

Regards from Niels Dreyer

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