Black and white in Perth, Australia

by Colin Butterworth
(Bromsgrove, England)


This cheeky little bird was quite content for about 10 minutes in the outside seating area of a Perth museum. I was only about 10 feet from it, with many other people around.

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Apr 28, 2013
Thanks for your suggestion NEW
by: Colin Butterworth

Hi El Diablo,
Thanks for your suggestion.
Having compared Google images of juvenile magpies, I think I've got to stick with the suggestion of a Willy Wagtail, as that fits the bill so exactly - even including the white flash above its eye.
It's very reassuring that there are people around the world still looking at people's problems and trying to help.
Thanks again.
Colin

Apr 27, 2013
black/white bird NEW
by: EL DIABLO

re your black/white bird looks very much to me like to me a juvinile magpie I know they are found New Zealand cos daughter and family live out there and I`ve noticed them flying around down there on our visits now as to whether they get up to Oz or not I can`t say but it looks very much like one to me,all the best from sunny Spain ADIOS EL DIABLO

Mar 08, 2013
Thanks NEW
by: Colin Butterworth

Hi Gary,
Thanks - that's reassuring.
It's a problem with being an enthusiastic photographer and traveller - I take photographs of many appealing birds, insects, flowers, etc. in foreign countries, and then want to know what they are. It would be much easier if I didn't take the photographs!
This was the final unidentified photograph out of 1,100 taken during a month in Australia. Some have been most difficult to identify. So I'm really grateful for this final one.
Colin

Mar 08, 2013
No problem! NEW
by: GaryE

Collin:

For what it is worth . . . I could not find it either . . . I am not even sure how she did it. We were watching TV together and she had her iPad in her lap and announced . . . what was that website with that bird you could not identify . . . I think I just found it. I got up and woke up the computer and pulled up this post and we said . . bingo!

The bottom line is do not feel bad that you could not figure it out . . . I could not either!

Cheers!

Gary

Mar 08, 2013
Thank you NEW
by: Colin Butterworth

Hi Gary,
Thank you - I'm sure it was a Willy Wagtail. The bird we saw may still have been a juvenile, as the feathers were somewhat unkempt. Strangely, Wikipedia states, "The Willie Wagtail is almost always on the move and rarely still for more than a few moments during daylight hours." As I originally said, this one stayed nearby for about 10 minutes, which was uncharacteristic.
It's interesting that your wife found the bird in five minutes. I probably spent two hours on Google images, with words such as 'black' 'white' 'bird' and 'australia'. If I had known it may be a wagtail, then that would have been an enormous advantage, but I am an almost total novice, just taking a passing interest on occasions. The Willy Wagtail may be so common that nobody photographs it and puts it on Google with the simple words I used. It's all so easy if you know what you are looking for!
Thanks, again, for your help. I really do appreciate it.
Colin

Mar 07, 2013
it is a Willy Wagtail NEW
by: GaryE

Colin:

Well my wife was intrigued and did some research (took all of five minutes doh!) your bird is a Willy Wagtail and she thinks it is common in Perth. Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Wagtail for details.

Susan:

I will hit you up tomorrow with a more specific suggestion. ;-)


Cheers!

Gary

Mar 07, 2013
Hi Gary NEW
by: Susan

Susan here. I read your comments below and hope you'll email me on the contact Susan page. If I can make the posts more user friendly I will certainly try my best. Tell me how you'd prefer them. Thanks so much. Really appreciate all your great answers in the forums.

Mar 07, 2013
Thanks for trying NEW
by: Colin Butterworth

Hi Gary,
Thanks for trying. At first, I was getting excited that it might be one of only 7 in the wild, but it seems this is not the same variety!
Oh well, I hope someone else recognises it.
Colin

Mar 07, 2013
Not what I was thinking of . . . sorry NEW
by: GaryE

Hey Collin:

Ok I just had my wife take a look at your pic and she helped to clarify my memory LOL.

The bird I am thinking of is a very endangered myna bird (or cuckoo we are not sure but we think myna) of which there are only 7 living in the wild . . . it is similar as much as it is a white and black bird but it is about 95% white with a little black on the tips of its wings . . . and my wife thinks it is from Brazil or something so that was a total fail on my part sorry to get your hopes up.

Maybe the additional information will help. But unfortunately for some reason your post is buried way way way down on the list of posts and I doubt most folks will notice it down there (It happens to be near one of my posts from a few days ago FWIW). I wish there was a way on this site to sort by date posted so more folks could get their questions answered . . . but oh well.

Best of luck trying to ID this bird!

Gary

Mar 07, 2013
Further information NEW
by: Colin Butterworth (originator)

I should have added that this photo was taken on the 9th February this year (in Perth, Australia), which is the equivalent of early August in the northern hemisphere. That could suggest it might possibly be a juvenile.
I've spent hours looking at other images on the internet, and can't find anything to match; and that could also suggest that it's an immature bird.

Mar 07, 2013
No idea but I have seen it before . . I think NEW
by: GaryE

The bird looks very familiar to me. I am sure I have seen it (or a very similar bird) at the nearby National Zoo in Washington DC. But I can not for the life of me remember what it is. My first thought was that it was a Myna . . . but a bit of research tells me that I am 100% wrong.

My wife and I go to the zoo on average once every 3 - 5 weeks or so. We are due for a visit. I will try to remember to look in the various bird enclosures for your bird . . . then I need to remember to come back here and find this post and respond LOL . . . but I will try and remember for you.

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