Coast and ID please

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Subject: Coast and ID please
From: "Denis Wilson" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 11:54:49 +1100
Hi Julian
Re your ID question.
It looks like a female Golden Whistler, (or immature male), to me.
A couple of points to note.
The tuft of feathers near the wing are just breast feathers which happen to be overlapping the wing in those 2 photos. You can tell from the angle of the feathers (protruding from the breast - whereas wing feathers at the top of the wing, there, are smaller, and tightly aligned with the larger flight feathers, just further down the wing), and their short and fluffy texture.
In the upper photograph you can just make out the yellow vent mark (low on the abdomen) which is characteristic of female Golden Whistlers (as far as I know, other birds do not have that tiny mark - but others might correct that comment).
So, my money is on a female Golden Whistler (about 90% sure).
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