|Subject:||Unidentified Strange-looking bird|
|From:||Jack Shapiro <>|
|Date:||Mon, 03 Nov 2003 08:06:04 +1100|
Last Thursday during a walk at Dee Why's Wildlife refuge (northern beaches of Sydney), few birds were visible, despite lots of them chirping coming from the deep bush.
Suddenly I saw the strangest bird perched on a tall reed, calling loudly and being answered by another hidden bird. It was small bird, about a robin size, white all over, with the exception of a light yellow ²crew-cut² head covering, and a short black beak. The reeds were part of the vegetation surrounding the Dee Why Lagoon. The bird was seen at the end near the Surf Club.
At first I thought it may have been an n immature Little Grassbird, Clamorous reed Warbler, a red-browed Finch, or Golden Cisticola but my description doesn¹t fit any of those.
Perhaps it could be an albino or leucitic bird, most likely a Golden Cisticola?
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