(lamingtonnationalpark.net.au is under new management, this article previously appeared on the old website and was not written by the new site owners.)


Size: Length: 150-200 mm.

Identification: Upper parts of this bird are blue-grey. Wing quills are very dark brown to black. Forehead, lores and throat are black and the rest of the underparts are dark rufous.

Call/Song: Loud, churring whistling call, why-you-wichye-ou. Also makes other creaks and chatterings.
sound: Dave Stewart -used with permission


Found throughout eastern Australia, from Cape York south to the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria.

Habitat: Dwells in rainforest, wet broad-leafed forests and denser eucalypt forests, damp gullies, mangroves and sometimes in open woodlands.


Feeding: Diet comprised of insects and spiders, which it catches on the wing.

Breeding/Nesting: Breeds October through January. Nest cup to pear-shaped and is made of thick green moss layed on stronger plant material.

Movement: Usually seen in pairs or alone. Is a migratory bird that arrives at the rainforest in spring.

Other Common Names: Black- faced flycatcher, carinated flycatcher, pearly-winged flycatcher.

Local Information

Distribution: Can be easily spotted in rainforest areas.

Abundance:Very common during spring and summer, absent during other times.


Reader’s Digest Services (1979) Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds, Surry Hills, NSW.

Nielsen, L (1991) Birds of Lamington National Park and Envrions, Beudesert Times, Queensland.