I agree with others, for reasons given. It is a Rock Warbler. At least it is
not a honeyeater. I suggested Pilotbird, mainly because of the size
suggested (18 cm and RW is smaller but it is easy to get that wrong).
Pilotbird is more in my mind (not a good reason) but these two are similar
but I guess too far north for Pilotbird. Clearly the right place for a Rock
Warbler. I thought the Rock Warbler was less slim.
-----Original Message-----From: Tone Sent: Sunday,
17 December, 2017 5:35 PM To: Philip Veerman
Cc: David Jackson;
Subject: Can anyone help out there with this honeyeater
Little Shrike-thrush for sure.
Well south of its current accepted range, as Phillip says. The pinkish sides
of the bill are quite distinctive, and the other overall colour is spot-on
for LS-t. Reasonably common here at Stony Chute in far northern NSW.
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> On 17 Dec 2017, at 15:18, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> is quite south of where the maps show. The colour fits Pilotbird, though
> shape does not appear to match.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus On Behalf
> David Jackson
> Sent: Saturday, 16 December, 2017 5:41 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Can anyone help out there with this honeyeater
> Hi all, I was itting quietly in the Blue Mountains National Park at
> 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
> Thanks in advance
> David Jackson
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