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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wildlife on Wednesday ... the Leaden Flycatcher.
This bird is only around 15 cms in size. Whilst both the male and female have blue-grey or leaden-grey upperparts (hence the use of 'leaden' in the name) and they both have a grey under-tail, the male has a white chest and the female's upper breast is rufous-orange.
They both have dark brown eyes, but the female has a pale ring around her eye.
The Leaden Flycatcher is a very, very active little bird. They eat insects which they catch in flight, so most of the time I see them furiously darting about from branch to branch and only momentarily stopping to perch ... it's not easy getting a great photo! They also have the cute little habit of shaking their tails around when they're agitated ... which can also ruin my photography efforts! Anyway, these are the only photos I've managed to get so far ... luckily they show just how adorable this little bird is!
"Thank you ... yes I am rather cute!!"