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Satin Flycatcher

(Myiagra cyanoleuca)
Alternate name(s): "Shining Flycatcher*"; misnomer: "Satin Sparrow"
Size: 15-17 cm

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Satin Flycatcher at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cyanoleuca"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Satin Flycatcher
[Guy Fawkes NP, NSW, November 2006]

Frontal view of a male Satin Flycatcher (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2015]

Near-lateral view of a male Satin Flycatcher (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Namadgee NP, ACT, November 2013]

Near-lateral view of a female Satin Flycatcher (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Namadgee NP, ACT, November 2013]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Satin Flycatcher (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, February 2017]

Distant lateral view of a female Satin Flycatcher
[Guy Fawkes NP, NSW, November 2006]

Dorsal view of a female Satin Flycatcher (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Old Coach Road, Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, December 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Oct - Jan Eggs: 3 Incubation period: 15 - 17(?) days Fledging age: ca. 18? days

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

Satin Flycatchers may nest in loose associations, with several pairs nesting only about 50 m from each other. The nest is often located on an usually dead small branch, under a living larger branch.

Nest

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

Type: Basket Material: Bark strips, root fibres, webs Height above ground: 5 - 25 m

Satin Flycatcher nest; note how webs have been used to securely tie it to a rough-barked branch (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, in November 2015]

Male Satin Flycatcher on its nest (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2015]

Female Satin Flycatcher on its nest (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2015]

Eggs

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

Size: 20 x 15 mm Colour: Creamy, with light-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

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

Food, Diet

Like all other members of the Myiagra family known to us, Satin Flycatchers are insect hunters (as their name already suggests).

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