May 12, 2017 – Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

These flycatchers are found in open forests, woodlands, and farmlands of northern, eastern, and southwestern Australia, as well as in Papua New Guinea. They eat insects and other invertebrates, usually foraging alone or in pairs, and can hover while picking insects from foliage. Males and females build cup-shaped nests together from bark, grass, spiderweb, and lichen, usually near water. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks, raising up to three broods a year. Their rasping call, given while hovering, inspired the species’ alternate common name of “Scissors Grinder.”


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