Can anyone help out there with this honeyeater

To: 'David Jackson' <>, "" <>
Subject: Can anyone help out there with this honeyeater
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:18:56 +0000
I wonder why would you call these "rather poor photos". I am curious as to
why it would be a honeyeater. I can't pick it as any honeyeater and
certainly not a Brown Honeyeater. The beak is notably long, although I think
too straight for any honeyeater. My immediate reaction (although I don't
know it well) and it is close to what books show, is Little Shrike-thrush
but looks slim build and the location, unless I am misinterpreting the place
is quite south of where the maps show. The colour fits Pilotbird, though the
shape does not appear to match.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
David Jackson
Sent: Saturday, 16 December, 2017 5:41 PM
Subject: Can anyone help out there with this honeyeater

Hi all, I was itting quietly in the Blue Mountains National Park at Pierces
Pass Picnic Area minding my own business  when I snapped several photos of
this honeyeater, circa 18 cm in length. What hit me was its very coppery
brown colour. I thought it might be a Brown Honeyeater but cannot see any
yellow behind its eye and it seems more "rufously" than the Brown (in my
VERY limited experience). Any ideas from these rather poor photos? A female

Thanks in advance

David Jackson


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