Mystery bird

To: "'Neal Gowen'" <>, <>
Subject: Mystery bird
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:19:45 +1100
Good morning Neil,

The only species that shows some sort of resemblance to your description is
the (Oriental) Dollarbird. In some lighting situations it can look black, or
at least very dark. It does have a white spot ("dollar") in the wing and has
a red bill. Juveniles are much duller than adults and have a dark bill. If
you heard the bird call, it has a somewhat hysterical cackle and a rather
erratic type of flight.


-----Original Message-----
From: Neal Gowen  
Sent: Wednesday, 24 December 2014 9:06 PM
Subject: Mystery bird

I am a new member and would like a little help in identifying a bird I saw
It was not in Canberra though but adjacent to our bush block south of
Araluen and in the Deua NP.

The bird was in flight so I only saw it for a short period of time.
It looked a little like a Chough but was slightly smaller. It was nearly all
black with white wingtips (about 3cm). There was no black edging on the
wingtips however as in the Chough.
It appeared to have a short red beak.

I have searched a lot of references but cannot find anything that looks like

thanks for any help.
Neal Gowen

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