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Lemon-bellied Flycatcher

(Microeca flavigaster)
Alternate name(s): "Lemon-breasted Flycatcher", "Brown-tailed Flycatcher", "Kimberley Flycatcher", "Lemon-bellied Fly-robin"
Size: 12.5-14 cm
Weight: 10-14 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lemon-bellied Flycatcher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "flavigaster"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Frontal view of a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher; click on photo to see a slightly different shot (photos courtesy of P. Brown)
[Marlow's Lagoon, Palmerston, NT, January 2018]

Frontal view of a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher; click on photo to see a slightly different shot (photos courtesy of P. Brown)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, December 2017]

Frontal view of a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Frontal view of two Lemon-bellied Flycatchers (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Holmes Jungle Nature Park, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher; note how reflections of light off the underside of foliage around the bird can make it look more yellow-greenish (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Holmes Jungle Nature Park, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, May 2018]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a juvenile Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Mar Eggs: 1 Incubation period: ? Fledging age: ?

Together with the Yellow-legged Flychatcher, Lemon-bellied Flycatchers have the smallest nests of any Australian bird species, consisting of just a shallow rim of bark strips on top of a dead branch. They can have two broods per season.

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Bark strips, grass stems, webs Height above ground: 1.5 - 10 m

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher at its nest on the end of a dead branch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher at its nest on the end of a dead branch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher on its nest (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher on its nest (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, November 2018]

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher on its nest (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, November 2018]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 19 x 14 mm Colour: Pale-blue, with light-brown speckles Shape: Long tapered oval

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher marking its territory from the top of a tree crown
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, August 2014]

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher marking its territory from the top of a dead tree; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 20 January 2018 (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, January 2018]

Food, Diet

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher with a flying insect it has just caught (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Holmes Jungle Nature Park, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

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.

lemflyc_20140820.m4a flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
lemflyc_20140819_2.mp3 flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
lemflyc_20140819_9.m4a flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
lemflyc_pb_20180120.m4a flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Contact calls © PB
lemflyc_pb_20180120_2.m4a flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Contact calls © PB
lemflyc_20140819_10.mp3 flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
(Abbreviated) contact call(?) © MD
lemflyc_20140819_7.m4a flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Q&A (nearby first) © MD
lemflyc_20140819_6.mp3 flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Q&A (distant first) © MD
lemflyc_20140819_8.mp3 flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Q&A (distant first) © MD
lemflyc_pb_20180121.m4a flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Extended contact call? © PB
lemflyc_20140819_3.m4a flavigaster
(Darwin, NT)
Various © MD

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