Olive-backed Oriole at Kelly's Swamp

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Olive-backed Oriole at Kelly's Swamp
From: Denise Kay <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2019 07:16:36 +0000
I raised a pair of Oriel chicks a couple of years ago , I think the one on the right is a juvenile Oriel. 

It’s interesting because the Oriels love figs & the inside of their mouth is the pink as in the pink in figs 

I have never seen a Fig bird though .


Denise Kay
Flying Fox Coordinator
ACT Wildlife

On 5 Jan 2019, at 4:40 pm, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

To me, the second photo shows the more slender bill of an oriole, possibly pinkish bill in first.  The issue came up in 2009 when Richard Allen had a young fb in his Curtin backyard.  I prepared below comparison at time.  Curtin bird on left.
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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