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Shining Flycatcher

(Myiagra alecto)
Alternate name(s): "Glossy Flycatcher", "Satin Bird*"
Size: 17-19 cm
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Shining Flycatcher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "melvillensis"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Shining Flycatcher (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, April 2013]

Lateral view of a male Shining Flycatcher with its crest erected (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, April 2013]

Lateral view of a male Shining Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Shining Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a female Shining Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a female Shining Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a female Shining Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Race "wardelli"

ADULT

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Shining Flycatcher
[Coombabah Lakes SCA, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Behaviour

Shining Flycatchers are known to often hunt in tidal drains.

Lateral view of a female Shining Flycatcher in its typical habitat, a tidal drain in mangroves (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, July 2012]

Food, Diet

Male Shining Flycatcher exploring a cavity
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Male Shining Flycatcher with its prey
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

shnflyc_20140819_4.mp3 melvillensis
(Darwin, NT)
Contact calls (male) © MD
shnflyc_20140819_5.mp3 melvillensis
(Darwin, NT)
? (male) © MD
shnflyc_20140820.mp3 melvillensis
(Darwin, NT)
? (male) © MD
shnflyc_20140819.mp3 melvillensis
(Darwin, NT)
? (male) © MD
shnflyc_20140819_2.mp3 melvillensis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
shnflyc_20140819_3.mp3 melvillensis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
shnflyc_20140820_2.mp3 melvillensis
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
 
shnflyc_20140523_6.mp3 wardelli
(SE QLD)
? (female) © MD
shnflyc_20140523.mp3 wardelli
(SE QLD)
? (female) © MD
shnflyc_20140523_2.mp3 wardelli
(SE QLD)
? (female) © MD
shnflyc_20140523_3.mp3 wardelli
(SE QLD)
? (female) © MD
shnflyc_20140523_5.mp3 wardelli
(SE QLD)
? (female) © MD

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