Possible Female Satin Flycatcher

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Subject: Possible Female Satin Flycatcher
From: "Neil KIRBY" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2005 21:51:10 +1000

This afternoon I saw a female flycatcher in Blue Gum Swamp, Winmalee (80km west of Sydney) that may have been a Satin Flycatcher. It flew down and splashed in the creek several times and then preened itself on an overhanging branch where I was able to get good views of its back and crown. The crown was definitely darker and had a bluish sheen like a Satin Bowerbird. The back of the head appeared to have a slight bump. I have seen this feature on male Satins when they occasionally pass through the lower Blue Mountains in spring. Both photographs of female Satins also show this slight bump in Graeme Chapman’s article in Wingspan Vol. 13 No 2 June 2003. This bird also appeared to be slightly larger than female Leadens that are common in the valley in spring & summer. Male Satin Flycatchers are rarely seen in Blue Gum Swamp, and when recorded have been passing through.

I last recorded Leadens in the valley on 10/3/05, when a pair successfully fledged two young from a late nesting.

Neil Kirby




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