FW: [canberrabirds] Olive-backed Oriole at Kelly's Swamp

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Olive-backed Oriole at Kelly's Swamp
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2019 06:01:11 +0000

Yes, HBW/BLI and WLAB, the national list for conservation purposes, uses ‘Australasian Figbird’, as does ABG etc.  WLAB uses ‘Green Figbird’ for the eastern Australian subspecies, although rather confusingly HBW/BLI uses ‘Grey-breasted Figbird’.


From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Saturday, 5 January 2019 4:40 PM
To: 'Lindell' <>; 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Olive-backed Oriole at Kelly's Swamp


Sure that one is an Olive-backed Oriole, as you say. To clarify, the Olive-backed Oriole is a sort of common summer migrant to our area and entirely expected there at this time. A Figbird (do any books call it Australasian Figbird?) is not a regular, nor expected here, although not really that far out of range. Their usual calls are different.




From: Lindell
Sent: Saturday, 5 January, 2019 3:59 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Olive-backed Oriole at Kelly's Swamp


I heard this bird calling just to the right of the Ardea Hide entrance this morning. I believe it is where the Australasian Figbird has been seen but on playing the Morecambe eGuide this bird didn't sound like a Figbird. Also the bill seems too slender to be a FB. Can someone confirm this one to be the Olive-backed Oriole or otherwise please.



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