Black-winged Currawong
Size, compared to Brown Falcon
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Immature Back, tail's white edge
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Cuckoo-shrike (Campephagidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
This Photo:     Immature Front

Thank you Matt Campbell, Antoni Camozzato & Anthony Paul for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
In this series of the Immature bird, you can see a lot less black around the face than the following adult.
It looks like it's learning to catch the insects flying around the top of the Callitris. It's being very clumsy and not able to perch properly on the soft flowing tree tips.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills, the Flinders Ranges and elsewhere
A fairly large pretty grey bird with a distinctive black face, blending through to grey and then white under.
Swoops as it flies.
Similar to a Grey Shrike-thrush from the back, but larger.

Copyright © 2013-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Apr-2013
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)