A Mysterious Grassbird

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Subject: A Mysterious Grassbird
From: Mike Carter <>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 01:36:53 +0000
It's a Rufous Songlark.


Mike Carter, 03 5977 1262
181/160 Mornington-Tyabb Road
Mornington, VIC 3931, Australia

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Jason Polak
Sent: 3 September 2017 5:07 PM
Subject: A Mysterious Grassbird

Dear List,

My wife and I recently took a trip to the Top End. We did Darwin to Kakadu
to Pine Creek and back to Darwin. We saw about 60 "lifers" and around 85 in
total. For those interested in the total list we saw (some of my favourites
are: Black Bittern, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Hooded Parrot, Northern
Rosella, Partridge Pigeon), I included the complete list at the end of the

However, I have a more pressing concern. There is a single bird we're having
real trouble with. We saw a grassbird of some kind at Mamukala

I am not sure what it is (these grassbirds always give me trouble!).
After scouring the internet for dozens of pictures, I believe it is a female
Rufous Songlark. Can anyone help me with this? The picture isn't the
greatest quality but I believe it shows quite a few identification features,
and is the only one I got.

Most Sincerely,

List of birds for top end trip:

1       Arafura Fantail
2       Australasian Darter
3       Australian Figbird
4       Australian Pelican
5       Australian White Ibis
6       Australian Wood Duck
7       Azure Kingfisher
8       Bar-shouldered Dove
9       Black Bittern
10      Black Kite
11      Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
12      Black-necked Stork
13      Blue-faced Honeyeater
14      Blue-winged Kookaburra
15      Brolga
16      Brown Honeyeater
17      Brush Cuckoo
18      Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon
19      Cockatiel
20      Comb-crested Jacana
21      Crimson Finch
22      Double-barred Finch
23      Eastern Curlew
24      Forest Kingfisher
25      Galah
26      Glossy Ibis
27      Great Bowerbird
28      Great Egret
29      Green Pygmy Goose
30      Grey-crowned Babbler
31      Helmeted Friarbird
32      Hooded Parrot
33      Intermediate Egret
34      Large-billed Gerygone
35      Leaden Flycatcher
36      Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
37      Little Corella
38      Little Friarbird
39      Little Pied Cormorant
40      Long-tailed Finch
41      Magpie Goose
42      Magpie-Lark
43      Masked Finch
44      Masked Lapwing
45      Nankeen Night Heron
46      Northern Rosella
47      Orange-footed Scrubfowl
48      Orange-footed Scrubfowl
49      Partridge Pigeon
50      Peaceful Dove
51      Pheasant Coucal
52      Pied Butcherbird
53      Pied Heron
54      Pied Stilt
55      Pink Eared Duck
56      Plumed Whistling Duck
57      Purple Swamphen
58      Radjah Shelduck
59      Rainbow Bee-eater
60      Red-backed Kingfisher
61      Red-capped Plover
62      Red-collared Lorikeet
63      Red-headed Honeyeater
64      Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
65      Red-winged Parrot
66      Royal Spoonbill
67      Rufous Owl
68      Rufous Whistler
69      Sacred Kingfisher
70      Shining Flycatcher
71      Silver Gull
72      Spangled Drongo
73      Straw-necked Ibis
74      Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
75      Torresian Crow
76      Torresian Imperial Pigeon
77      Varied Triller
78      Wandering Whistling Duck
79      Whistling Kite
80      White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
81      White-bellied Sea Eagle
82      White-breasted Woodswallow
83      White-gaped Honeyeater
84      White-throated Honeyeater
85      Willie Wagtail

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