Mystery bird at Manly Dam

This bird puzzles me. It’s about the size of a Red Wattlebird, and I’m thinking it’s some sort of Honeyeater, but I can’t find a match in my bird book. Perhaps it’s a juvenile.

Does anyone have any ideas what it is? I saw it today at Manly Dam Reserve near Sydney (on the map: 33°46’37.5″S 151°14’49.5″E).

Mystery bird at Manly Dam

Here’s the uncropped version of the same picture:

Unidentified bird at Manly Dam

Update on 24 April 2017: Carol Probets identified the bird as a young Olive-backed Oriole, in a comment on this post.

Common name: Olive-backed Oriole

Scientific name: Oriolus sagittatus

Approximate length: 25-28 cm

Date spotted: 29 January 2017 (Summer)

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’37.5″S 151°14’49.5″E

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About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 2017/01/29, in Birds and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Sarah, it’s an immature Olive-backed Oriole which doesn’t yet have the red bill and eye of the adult. A female figbird can look similar but the shape of the bill and the general colouring fit the oriole better.

    • Hallo Carol
      That’s great to know! This is the first time I’ve seen this bird. According to my bird book, it’s common in the north of Australia, and a migrant to the south east.
      Cheers
      Sarah

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