FW: [canberrabirds] ID please

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] ID please
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:04:19 +1000

Re the RF, something of a recurrent issue, raised when someone comes across an individual with a particularly rusty wash  -  as happens from time to time.  The meaning of this variation is not well understood.  In 2010 I used this as an example, in a CBN book review, of lack of helpfulness in the field guides.  Relevant extract is attached.  Below is a photo of an obviously breeding female RF with a pale orange wash.   How little we know.  Having said that, Chris’s photo looks like a Leaden as Mark says.  Note the colour extends up to the bill unlike the below



From: Mark Clayton [
Sent: Monday, 13 April 2015 1:46 PM
To: 'Hastir, Chris';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] ID please


Given the colour of the throat and the colour on the wing coverts, I would suggest a young Leaden Flycatcher, although Satin F can’t be ruled out. Restless Flycatchers are more pale cream and nowhere near as extensive on the breast. I think this is also a juvenile characteristic for RF but it is a long time since I have handled one.




From: Hastir, Chris
Sent: Monday, 13 April 2015 1:13 PM
To: m("","canberrabirds");">
Subject: [canberrabirds] ID please


Hi all


Taken at the Tharwa sandwash  -  not a good photo, was quite low light .. restless flycatcher?






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