Sightings and ID problem

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Subject: Sightings and ID problem
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Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2022 21:53:36 +0000


might it have been a melanistic White-winged Chough?

kind regards


On 4/3/2022 9:12 AM, Dr David Rosalky wrote:

As I perused my GBS precinct this morning, I saw a bird that I cannot identify.  I got a quite long look at it, but it has me stumped:

  • First impression: currawong, but
    • Shorter, more squat tail, cut off square
    • No white on bird at all
    • Colour more like very dark charcoal than fully black
    • Dark bill distinctly hooked on the end – more like a butcherbird than a currawong
  • The wing coverts seemed to have a suggestion of a bluey tinge – rather indistinct
  • Eyes were not yellow, dark but with a suggestion of some coloration around the eyes
  • The flight was not like a currawong but reminded me of a bowerbird.


Any ideas, besides my state of sanity?


Also seen was a cloud of Spotted Pardalotes – at least 15 in number.  Many alighted on a prunus tree with a Weebill family which visits everyday lately.  With many small birds in this tree, it looked like it was hanging with fruit.


David Rosalky

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