Restless Flycatcher

Myiagra inquieta

The Restless Flycatcher is a woodland inhabitant and, typical of altitudinal migrants, it is a winter rather than a summer visitor to Canberra. From a low in November, numbers increase steadily to a peak in July before a more rapid decline as birds move away to breed in the less disturbed woodland and riverine habitats outside the city. Records suggest that Restless Flycatchers move around in the suburbs. Numbers have fluctuated widely during the survey with no suggestion of any trend. R=104.

Magpie-larks are bold and confiding, and forage for insects and other food items in open grassy areas. They are common and very much at home in the suburbs and city. Usually seen in pairs, they are strongly territorial, and sometimes attacking their own reflections in car mirrors, hub caps and house windows. When nesting, they may attack people. Adult pairs call in a duet and perform ritualised wing-raising.

Males have a horizontal bar of black through their eyes, while females have a vertical stripe through the eyes, and have a white throat. Immatures are somewhat in between.

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