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Paperbark Flycatcher

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Photo © by tcollinsFogg Dam, south of Darwin NT, Australia
Photo © by tcollins
Fogg Dam, south of Darwin NT, Australia

Alternative name: Little Restless Flycatcher

Myiagra nana


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Doc DuckFogg Dam, Northern Territory, Australia, August 2018
Photo © by Doc Duck
Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, Australia, August 2018

18.5 cm (7ΒΌ in)

[edit] Male

  • Black upperparts
  • Dark blue gloss on crown and back
  • White underparts, sometimes with a pale peachy-buff wash on chest
  • Broad pale greyish bases on flight-feathers (visible in flight)

[edit] Female

  • More dark slate-grey on uppperparts
  • Contrasting glossy black crown
  • Dull mid-grey lores

Immatures similar to adults but paler, with buffy wash on breast and whitish tips on upperwing-coverts

[edit] Similar species

Smaller than Restless Flycatcher, with a shorter bill and blacker-looking upperparts.

[edit] Distribution

North Australia and extreme South New Guinea.
Common in suitable habitat. In New Guinea formerly only known from Saibai Island and River Bensbach area but now also found on middly River Fly at Ambuve and Obo.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Restless Flycatcher and has been considered conspecific with it in the past.

[edit] Habitat

Found in tropical eucalypt savanna woodland, paperbark woodland, riverine woodland, billabongs, pandanus thickets, scrub and sedge in grassy floodplains. Usually near water.

[edit] Behaviour

Often rather tame. Sweeps its tail frequently from side to side.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on arthropods including spiders, centipedes and insects.
Forages near water singly or in pairs. Frequently hovers over water, shrubs and tall grass.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from August to April, up to three broods per year. The nest is a cup made of bark shreds and grass. It's placed in a fork of a dead sapling or shrub 1 to 6 m above the ground near water. Lays 3 to 4 eggs.

[edit] Movements

This is a sedentary species.

[edit] Reference

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2015)

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