help with ID - immature Golden Whistler?

To: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>, <>
Subject: help with ID - immature Golden Whistler?
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 08:06:14 +1000
Hi Arwen,

Golden Whistlers can be expected anywhere in the Blue Mountains, especially at this time of year when they are moving around, out of the gullies more. Their "winter call" is a simple upslurred whistle.

Re your bird - have you considered Grey Shrike-thrush? The female and immature have faint striations on the front and if it's an immature there would be some rufous in the wings, and they have a great variety of calls.



At 10:11 AM +1000 8/6/08, Arwen B. Ximenes wrote:
Hello birders,

My first day birding for a while led me all the way down the end of my street and back - I was amazed how far I didn't get, with so many birds out in the sun after a very wet week.

First up I heard a call I didn't recognise. Then I saw an Eastern Yellow Robin - not it. Then, hanging around with the Robin was a bird I couldn't identify in the field. When I looked at the guide at home the closest was an immature Golden Whistler. I've never seen them near our house but I did actually see a male and female further down the street a little while later which surprised me.

There were actually two immatures, unless one was a female - the thing is, the call didn't sound like a GW's call - and the bird had faint striations on its front. They were both calling in the same shrub - practicing? It didn't sound right though. Otherwise all fits immature GW, especially the rufous edging to the wings. Do you think this is what I saw - there isn't anything else it could be is there?

many thanks,
......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains, 

Carol Probets
Guided birding in the Blue Mountains & Capertee Valley
PO Box 330
Katoomba NSW 2780


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