Cairns 28/8 - 30/8

To: "Sue & Phil Gregory" <>
Subject: Cairns 28/8 - 30/8
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 09:24:55 +1000

Good question Phil. I am very familiar with Leaden Flycatcher and not familiar with Broad-Billed. The first thing that drew my attention to this bird was by seeing it directly from below and the shape of its bill. When viewed from below Leadens have a triangular shaped bill, this bird was very different. Much broader at the base, and frogmouth-like. On seeing this bird this feature was "stunningly" different. The undertail was also notably different, with feathers more spaced out, giving a rounded-tail appearance - leadens are much narrower giving a squared-tailed appearance (again viewed from underneath). The reason I thought this bird was a female is that the plumage had a washed appearance (i.e. not particularly glossy) plus -perhaps more importantly it had distinctly paler lores giving the impression of a paler band between the eye and bill base.

I had a couple of pretty good views of this bird both from below and more side on and would have to agree that with a side on view it would be tough to call it, but from below you see the undertail pattern and of course bill shape clearly, which are both features which are very different from Leaden.

I would challenge that these birds would be easily missed and are possibility more common south of Cape York than perhaps we think - anyone else have any views?

There were a number of Leaden Flycatchers around also.


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