Mystery Bird - photo

To: "'Tony Russell'" <>, "'Andrew Ross'" <>
Subject: Mystery Bird - photo
From: "Ross Macfarlane \(TPG\)" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:26:55 +1100

Any chance of getting the video with the bird call posted?


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Sent: Wednesday, 13 January 2021 1:01 PM
To: Andrew Ross <>
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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mystery Bird - photo


Excellent. OK


On Wed, 13 Jan 2021 at 12:19, Andrew Ross <> wrote:

Thanks Allan. I can assure you there’s nothing wrong with the image. I have about 20+ of them which are consistent and from two different t directions, a video and two observers, with the bird seen on two consecutive days in different light conditions. There was no yellow on this bird. The colours on the image are true to the colours on the bird. And my video includes it’s call, which is not that of a Golden.

I agree it otherwise looks like a Golden.


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It’s a Male Golden Whistler - the colour of the image is just off. There’s only two possible birds to choose from in the Blue Mountains that approach a hooded appearance and this bird is not a Rufous Whistler.


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On 13 Jan 2021, at 11:44 am, Andrew Ross via Birding-Aus <m("","birding-aus");" target="_blank">> wrote:


Yes, but Rufous doesn’t have a black cap.


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Well the rufous call is very different to the Golden so given the inland location I'd now say Rufous minus rufous pigmentation, What's the word for 'lacking rufous':?.

Coastal whistlers have quite different calls.


On Wed, 13 Jan 2021 at 10:35, Andrew Ross <m("","aross");" target="_blank">> wrote:

Blackheath is in the Blue Mountains, 110km west of Sydney. Elevation around 1000m.


Yes, call heard clearly (and have it on video). To my ear it is carbon copy of Rufous Whistler.


Andrew Ross


No idea where Blackheath is ( I know the London one). Looks like a Golden minus yellow. Don't suppose you heard it call at all?


On Wed, 13 Jan 2021 at 07:12, Andrew Ross via Birding-Aus <m("","birding-aus");" target="_blank">> wrote:


Here’s a snap (only slightly more than 200kb) of the bird seen at Blackheath 


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