Another ''O'' Bird

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Subject: Another ''O'' Bird
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:15:29 +1000

This time an Olive Whistler this morning  at ANBG SS 46/54.  Shaun Bagley reported one of these there a few years ago and was awarded about 4 credules out of 10.  It does look like one of the abundant female Golden Whistlers, so this is why I think it’s an O.  (Incidentally, with a little work I could make it look a lot more like one.)  First, it just looks like an OW to me, particularly the head.  Secondly it has a distinct olive wash on the wings.  Thirdly, when I first saw it, it was hopping along the edge of a path, rather like a blackbird, which was my first impression.  It was also shyer than the usually blasé female Goldens.  It is probably a first or second year bird.  I think the ID is confirmed by the points of comparison in HANZAB (vol  6, p 1076) for separating immature Olives from female Goldens.  Happy for anyone to disagree.   


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