The Dollarbird seems a possibility, Neal, or, on
reflection, perhaps a very small Black Swan
-----Original Message-----From: Neal Gowen [
Sent: Wednesday, 24 December 2014 9:06 PM To:
Subject: [canberrabirds] Mystery
I am a new member and would like a little help in
identifying a bird I saw recently.
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
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 it.
thanks for any help.