A challenging ID

Below is another of the young birds I have been finding while walking around Greens Bush down the Mornington Peninsula. To ID this one took some effort and fooled me a bit due to its rufous colouring – I was thinking Rufous Fantail or Rufous Whistler, or maybe something exotic. It was definitely a juvenile as it moved around a nearby bush in a deep rainforest glade along the track. It was quite curious and I tried to keep it interested by phishing and psstting so I could take a few images to check out later…any ideas? The previous juvenile to fool me was a young Eastern Yellow Robin.

Juvenile Golden Whistler, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

Mystery Bird, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

Juvenile Golden Whistler, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic


4 responses to “A challenging ID

  1. Hi, I noticed that clicking on the No.2 picture the link comments – juv Golden Whistler, which looking at the picture I first thought, but the tail is slightly rounded rather than straight for Golden Whistler. The whole gizz looks like a flycatcher with the slight crest & small slight size rather than a bulky of a whistler. It would be interesting to know what you decide in the end

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    • Thanks for the comments Amanda, I probably should renamed the file, it sort of gives it away….it is a Juvenile Golden Whistler…while there are plenty of Satin Flycatchers in the forest I have not seen any juveniles this season.


  2. Great shots Malt. Of what looks like a very juvenile Golden Whistler. If there are adults in that local habitat that would help confirm. They tend to be territorial. Enjoy your long weekend!


    • Thanks Ashley, it is a young Golden Whistler…and there were nesting Golden Whistlers nearby as well…I was surprised that any juveniles hatched as the nest was surrounded by Fantailed Cuckoos for a week. I audio recorded at least 4 cuckoos calling from around the nest.

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