Unknown Bird in SA (No Photo)

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Unknown Bird in SA (No Photo)

Now i dunno if anyone would be able to help me with this... I've seen a bird a couple times but have never been able to get a photo before it flies away.

It's sort of vaguely wattlebird shaped but it has a black head that gradients down to white. I couldn't quite see what colour the legs were though.

I've attached my amazing interpretation of it here.

It might have other markings but that's all i can make out from the distance it lets me get.

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Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike, or Black Faced Woodswallow maybe? Possibly a pigeon (Rock Dove). Just guessing really.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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dwatsonbb wrote:

Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike

Hmm it does seem to be pretty close to it! I just seem to remember it having an all black head but i could be wrong since he was so far away.

I'll probably just have to be sneakier next time i see one haha

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Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was the first species that came to my mind.

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Yep, I woukld agree with the others above.

They are also known as "shufflewings" apparently, due to the way they flutter their wings on landing.

They will often be seen perched high on a bare branch, so are easy to spot.


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