Namadgi Visitors Centre this morning - and an unknown

To: "'Steve Read'" <>
Subject: Namadgi Visitors Centre this morning - and an unknown
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:07:35 +1100
I thought Female/immature White-winged Triller as I read your notes before I got to you mentioning it. I don't have a better candidate. Both that & Rufous Songlark have a rounded tail, so that does not separate. Moult of middle tail feathers could fit both species. Both will go from canopy to ground levels. White-winged Triller is I think slender compared to Rufous Songlark. In the White-winged Triller the patterning isn’t restricted to the wing-coverts, it is also on the secondaries and primaries.
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Namadgi Visitors Centre this morning - and an unknown

There was a good number of bush birds this morning at the Namadgi Visitors Centre, as the haze cleared under the sun.  A group of about 15 Dusky Woodswallows was very active, and included several fledged young. The most interesting sighting was a single Diamond Firetail.


There was also a slim brown bird that I couldn’t identify.  It was active in the canopy of the open woodland, but flew down to the shrub layer at times. A little smaller than the woodswallows, which it associated with briefly, and slimmer – say 16 cm? Head, shoulders and (especially) wings were mottled/scalloped/patterned brown; breast and belly were very pale, with faint streaks on the throat.  Faint brown eye-line. Tail was clearly notched and rounded (a better description is that both halves of the tail, either side of the notch, were rounded). No other distinguishing features.


Female/immature White-winged Triller is a possibility, but the patterning wasn’t restricted to the wing-coverts, and the tail doesn’t seem to fit. There was a male White-winged Triller feeding on the ground some distance away. Female Rufous Songlark is another possibility, but that’s a bird I don’t know, and I couldn’t see any reddening on the rump, although some web images do show a notched tail .  Do Rufous Songlarks spend time in the canopy?  Or can anyone suggest a third possibility?




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