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Satin flycatcher (Myiagra cyanoleuca)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Myiagra
Species: M. cyanoleuca
Binomial name: Myiagra cyanoleuca
Common name: Satin flycatcher

Myiagra cyanoleuca (Satin flycatcher) is a small songbirds found in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. In New Zealand it status is ‘Native’ and has a conservation status of ‘Vagrant’. It is rarely seen in New Zealand.

The sexes are dimorphic (have two forms). Males are a glossy blue-black colour on their upper body with a strongly demarcated white lower body. The eye is black-brown, the bill is deep blue-grey with black tip and the feet are black.
Females differ from males by having a blue gloss on the upper parts, prominent brownish-orange feathers on the throat and chin and a strongly demarcated white lower body. The tail has a pale edge. The Satin flycatchers have a body length of >16 cm and weight about >17 g. and both sexes have a slight peak on the back of the crown that can be raised into a crest.
They are very active bird making dashing flights to catch insects or are darting from branch to branch like the NZ fantail.

A female Satin flycatcher


 

A male Satin flycatcher
  

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