FW: [canberrabirds] Whistler i.d. please (Brindabellas)

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Whistler i.d. please (Brindabellas)
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:19:16 +0000


From: Mark Clayton [
Sent: Thursday, 7 January 2016 1:28 PM
To: 'Steve Read'; 'canberra birds'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Whistler i.d. please (Brindabellas)


Hi Steve,


No doubt Geoffrey Dabb will send his Golden Whistler photos again!! Your bird is an adult female Golden Whistler. It is not a juvenile or “immature” as it is not showing any rufous in the wing coverts (the smaller feathers that cover to main flight feathers) nor does it show any rufous eyestripe.





From: Steve Read
Sent: Thursday, 7 January 2016 12:39 PM
To: 'canberra birds'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Whistler i.d. please (Brindabellas)


Many thanks to those who confirmed as Little Eagle the raptor posted for identification to the chatline yesterday.


The other doubtful birds seen in the Brindabellas yesterday were several whistlers along Pabral road by the old Blundells Flat arboretum site. Discussion at the time covered Olive Whistler, or female or young Golden Whistler (recognized as Canberra’s most asked-about species, according to Geoffrey Dabb).  Photographs of the only two individuals that allowed Lach to take good photographs are below (Ryu has photographs of other individuals). Most birds were grey-brown to olive-brown on top, mid-grey underneath, unstreaked, with a paler throat.  I am not familiar with Olive Whistler so hesitated with that identification! Advice please.


Rufous Whistlers, both male and female, were also present.






First bird


Second bird


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