Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 6:54 PM
Subject: Seeking to identify domestic garden bird, Canberra, of two
years' duration ...
I am trying to identify a pair of birds, sometimes even two pairs,
which have visited my domestic garden in Western Creek noticeably, it would
seem, only over the past two years.
The bird is plump, perhaps even quite
heavy, (as last year they managed to tip over and break a shallow 12 cm water
bowl), with skinny green-bronze brown back, bronze-brown wings complete with a
white, brown-spotted or brown-flecked breast and with a strong downward-curved
They are extremely interested in my bowls of stones on a courtyard
table, perhaps looking for foodstuffs and, with great curiosity, they lift and
drop and even attempt to fly off with some of these stones.
I would be
interested to identify this bold and attractive bird. I first thought that
it might be the common bronze-wing, which has increased in numbers since being
protected in the ACT, but I am not confident of that label?
appreciate your response, if possible.
Canberra, Monday 10 June.