Re: Small Brown Bird

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Re: Small Brown Bird
From: Marnix Zwankhuizen <>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 12:51:47 +1100
Thanks to everyone who responded to my query. Most people offered a juvenile bronze-cuckoo as a possibility. Other possibles were Western Gerygone and Brown Thornbill.

The thornbills were not giving their warning calls, they seemed more curious than anything.

The jizz of the bird did not seem to give the impression of a bronze-cuckoo to me.

I also wonder whether the previous evenings storm may have blown the bird in.

Thanks again.

On 05/02/2011, at 1:59 PM, "Philip Veerman" <> wrote:

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

Hello all
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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