Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes (and other birds) at Callum Brae this morning

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Subject: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes (and other birds) at Callum Brae this morning
From: Steve Read <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:34:07 +0000

There were plenty of birds at Callum Brae this morning-  in abundance and activity as well as diversity – so many that Lach and I explored only the western part of the reserve over a couple of hours.  Amongst others, there were large numbers of Red Wattlebirds, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, Dusky Woodswallows and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, and several Fantailed Cuckoos. We didn’t see the White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike reported by Lindsay Hansch earlier in the week, but there was sufficient plumage variation in the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes to keep us interested (Lach took the photos).


Some had the full black face:


while a greater proportion had only a small black mask through and behind the eyes (immature birds?):


and one (a juvenile bird?) had scaly-patterned plumage on its head and neck in addition to a small black mask:


Any comment, particularly on the putative juvenile (other pictures of this bird available on request)?




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