FW: Red Wattlebird juv?

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Subject: FW: Red Wattlebird juv?
From: John Brown <>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:34:53 +0000


Thank you all! It is clearly a juv Olive-back oriole! The idea of ait being a juv Red Wattlebird wasn't adding up which is why I posted to the list, but I couldn't think of any alternatives. I hadn't thought of an Oriole since I have only seen them rarely in the ACT, but now that I have looked at various guides that is clearly what it is. I am glad I checked!





From: John Brown [
Sent: Sunday, 2 February 2014 8:17 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Red Wattlebird juv?



My take on the bird in the attached photos is that it is a juvenile Red Wattlebird. Is that right? Note: no white on face, no sign of wattle, broad heavy stripes on breast but plain white (no yellow) on belly (which rules out a Little Wattlebird of any age?). If it is a juv Red Wattlebird then it's even younger than the juv. illustrated in Simpson and Day which has white face and yellow belly.


I observed it in Cook in the absence of any lorikeets in the usual trees (-35.261512,149.069213) at 6:15pm Saturday 1st Feb, 2014. Several Superb  Parrots though, just up the hill a bit.







John Brown




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