Jacky Winter

Jacky Winter perched on a small branch

What does it look and sound like? Although somewhat drab, this flycatcher is an attractive bird, with plain brownish upperparts, pale underparts, a slight eyebrow and prominent white edges to the black tail. The Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster of tropical northern Australia is yellower below, lacks white in the tail and spends less time on the ground. The song of the Jacky Winter is a sweet, continuous ‘peter-peter-peter’.

What are its habitats and habits? From conspicuous perches within open woodland, paddocks and parkland, it watches for prey, catching it in the air or pouncing on it. While at rest, a Jacky Winter wags its tail from side to side. 

Scientific name: Microeca fascinans

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