|To:||"'Marnix Zwankhuizen'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>|
|Subject:||Small Brown Bird|
|From:||"Philip Veerman" <>|
|Date:||Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:59:30 +1100|
On that and the reaction of the Thornbills, my strong suggestion is a juvenile (DY or recently so) Bronze-Cuckoo (of either species).
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From: Marnix Zwankhuizen [
Sent: Saturday, 5 February 2011 12:38 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Small Brown Bird
This morning in the small park across the street in Harrison the calling resident Yellow-rumped Thornbills brought my attention to a small brown bird. The thornbills seemed very interested in the brown bird and followed it as it moved through their territory.
I first saw it perched in a small sapling. It then flew to the ground by the base of a clump of shrubs, thornbills in tow. Seconds later it flew up and into a eucalypt sapling. I last saw it fly across another street to another sapling, vocal thornbills still in tow.
My impression was of a small, overall darkish brown bird approximately 10-15 cm in length. The size of a small honeyeater, however, slight upright stance when perched. It seemed to have a slight crest at one point although that could have been the breeze. I did not get a good enough view to ascertain whether it had a lighter belly or any facial marks. It was not a sparrow or any other local small bird I can think of.
I have trawled through my field guides and the closest I can come up with is an Australian Reed-Warbler, but this bird seemed to have a more slender appearance. It's flight was fairly slow with only a slight undulation. It's jizz was almost like a male Brown Songlark but much smaller in size. I have never recorded any reed-warblers in Harrison, but suitable habitat exists. The closest is along Gungaderra Creek some 500+ metres away.
I would appreciate any comments from fellow list members.
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