Help with bird ID

To: "Mike Simpson" <>, "'L&L Knight'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Help with bird ID
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 20:49:24 +1100
Hi Mike and others,

My opinion that it was a juvenile Jacky Winter was based on an off-the-cuff assessment. I have since checked HANZAB and although the juvenile Jacky Winter is illustrated as being darker than the bird in the photograph it is still the closest fit. Jacky Winters are closely related to the Australian red robins and so would be expected to behave similarly such as by wing drooping. The head doesn't appear to be large enough, or the legs long enough, for it to be one of the red robins. The bird is definitely NOT a Grey Fantail or a Hooded Robin. The white edging to the tail is very Jacky Winter- like. The Hooded Robin has a broken white edge to the tail. The overall shape and relative tail length rule out Grey Fantail.

I am sticking to my initial gut reaction - that it is a juvenile Jacky Winter.



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