Jacky Winter

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Description

Jacky Winter, Microeca fascinans, is a small sized bird, ranging from 12cm to 14cm. It is a plain but attractive flycatcher, with it's upperparts appearing a grey-brown, slight white eyebrow, slender dark stripe through eye. Underparts white through to grey. Wings dark brown. Outer tail feathers white. Sings loudly from high perch, clear melodious series of whistles, sometimes described as ‘jacky, jacky, jacky, winter, winter, winter’.

Feeding Habits

Feeds on a varied diet of insects. Darts from an exposed perch to catch insects, often in very acrobatic flight, also hovers over grass to flush insects.

Breeding

July-December. Tiny cup nest made of bark and fine twigs tightly bound with cobweb, on a horizontal branch or fork, often in dead trees. Both sexes build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young.

Places to Look

  • Rural areas
  • Open woodlands
  • Scrublands
  • Farm paddocks with dead trees or stumps.

Threats

Destruction of habitat. Removal of dead trees or limbs. Urban spread.

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Jacky Winter © Birdlife Townsville 2008

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