Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

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Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

Postby Threeps » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:23 pm

Can anyone help ID this bird that I spotted with Peter Fryer on Mt Messenger last weekend? This was the only image I could get. It was hanging around a very vocal whitehead that was not partial to our company. We initially thought it might have been a young long-tailed cuckoo that the whitehead was feeding but I've not been able to find an image online that could convince me. We heard at least four long-tailed cuckoos on this trip. https://ebird.org/atlasnz/checklist/S63299236

The bird was slightly larger than the adult whitehead. We did not hear any vocalisations from it. It flew very easily through the deep canopy above our heads hung around for 45-60 secs then disappeared. Observed through the glasses the green on the abdomen was more vivid and the colour on the face and forehead was richer and ruddier.
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Mt Messenger Mystery Bird
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Re: Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

Postby SomesBirder » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:43 pm

Female bellbird with pollen on its head?
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Re: Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

Postby bombaydave2 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:29 pm

Male juvenile chaffinch
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Re: Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:41 pm

Head looks chaffinch to me. Long-tailed cuckoo would be substantially larger than a whitehead.
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Re: Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

Postby Threeps » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:28 pm

mmmm...I doubt that its a chaffinch, the beak was much too slender. I'm more inclined to go with a female bellbird with a dusting of flax pollen
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Re: Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

Postby simon.fordham » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:50 pm

I agree with the chaffinch suggestion. The beak is more of an underside view, hence why it looks slender. Certainly the wrong shape for a bellbird. The yellowy-green rump is also diagnostic for chaffinch.

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Re: Mystery Bird Mt Messenger, Taranaki

Postby SomesBirder » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:52 pm

Sorry; I didn't realise that the lower belly and tail feathers were visible when I made my guess.
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