Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans

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 M. flavigaster of tropical northern Australia is yellower below, lacks white in the tail and spends less time on the ground. 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. The song is a sweet, continuous ‘peter-peter-peter’.