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Katie M
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Any ideas?

Can anyone helpidentify this bird I saw for the first time in my backyard today? I thought itmight have been a treecreeper of some sort,just from the way it was behaving but I can't match it to one...maybe some kind of honeyeater, but it has a very peachy coloured breast so I am struggling a bit.

Katie M
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same bird

Katie

Owen1
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Looks like a Little Shrike Thrush due to the buff underparts and pale bill.

What town / city do you live in? This will help with the range of species.

Cheers, Owen.

Woko
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My best guess, after consulting my Morcombe field guide, is that this is a yellow honeyeater. If it is, then this suggests, skydmarks, that you live in Queensland's north. If you don't live in Queenland's north then this bird isn't a yellow honeyeater.

Katie M
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yes, I do live in fnq, Cairns to be precise. There are a few yellow honeyeaters fluttering around but they're really yellow, and their bills seem to be longer and more curved...I think a shrike thrush may be more like it having looked more closely.....see attached pic of yellow honeyeater...thanks for yourcomments, much appreciated!

Katie

Woko
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Well, stone the crows, skydmarks. At least I got the north Queensland part right! Your yellow honeyeater is a long way removed in colour from the one in Morcombe. Yours is actually yellow with a much more slender bill than Morcombe's. So Owen's diagnosis is almost certainly accurate. In an effort to salvage a smidgin of dignity, not to mention credibility, I wonder if your little shrike-thrush is a juvenile as I don't see any striations on the throat.  

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I'll go with Owen1 on this after looking up a book with a photo of one in it. Little Shrike Thrush.

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