Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mysterious visitor

I'm not sure whether this little bird, which was foraging in the fern garden near the back veranda, is a Brown-Headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris) or a White-Browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis). Pizzey and Knight's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia informs us that the Honeyeater's call includes an "animated staccato 'chip-chip-chip-chip-chip'", which seems accurate for the noise this bird was making; but I think the facial markings are more like the Scrubwren, whose behaviour matches Pizzey and Knight's description: "fussy, hops briskly on ground, logs, undergrowth; ... tame in garden". It certainly made photographing the little bugger difficult.

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