weebill or thornbill

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stevehapp
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weebill or thornbill

What is this bird, please?
Is it a weebill or a yellow thornbill. Notice how the bill is an orangey colour.
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Location: Newcastle.
1. Weebill ?

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2. And is this a yellow thornbill, in same area. ?

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They were both hanging around in the same tree.
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Cheers,
steve

DenisWilson
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I am thinking Juvenile Yellow Thornbill.
Weebills have a different shaped beak - shorter and more stocky.
Cheers
Denis

stevehapp
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Thanks Dennis,
I was wondering if it was a juvenile or not.
top job, mate..
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cheers,
steve

Holly
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Steve - maybe a horsfield's bronze-cuckoo?

Holly

DenisWilson
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Hi Steve
I'm with Holly on that next bird.
The back ought be green, moderately shiny, but reflected colours are deceptive. They are called "Bronze Cuckoos" for exactly that reason - green reflecting as brown in some lights.
http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=176
The gap in the barring on the front is diagnostic from the other species in the group.
Cheers
Denis

stevehapp
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wow! a horsfield's bronze-cuckoo!
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I am quite surprised.
Its a pity the photo is so rubbish. They are the only ones i got this morning. doh!
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Thank you very much holly and dennis.
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cheers,
steve

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