I've received some interesting information from birding-aussers about
Shining Flycatchers since I recently posted a sighting from the Sunshine
Coast, and a clearer picture is emerging of the status of the species in
In my 1979 publication, The Birds of South-East Queensland, I reported that
the species was "rare'' in the region, with isolated records from Hervey
Bay, the Noosa River and near Bribie Island.
Either the species has increased in numbers since then or more observers on
the ground are giving us a more accurate picture. We know now that the
species has been recorded from quite a few sites in the Pumicestone Passage
near Bribie Island, and from the Sunshine Coast - from the north (Noosa
River), to the Maroochy River in the central Sunshine Coast (several records
from Maroochy River Wetlands at Bli Bli and the North Shore) and the
Mooloolah River, to Pelican Point in the south. The birds have been recorded
at Burpengary, at Wynnum and Boondall Wetlands in Brisbane, on Coochiemudlo
Island in Moreton Bay and on Fraser Island.
Records are from all months of the year, so it appears that unlike Leaden
and Satin Flycatchers, Shining Flycatchers are resident in southeast
Thanks to Sheryl Keates, Graeme Chapman and Jill Dening, among others, for
the notes they provided.
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