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Leaden Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Port Douglas, Queensland, May 2005
Myiagra rubecula


Male: Dark blue grey above and white below, black-tipped blue bill surrounded by small bristles.
Females: blue-grey head and back with a distinctive reddish orange chin, throat and breast, white lower parts, pale eye-ring.
Young birds: are brown-grey above with streaked wings and mottled brown chests with a reddish wash.

Similar Species

The female which is similar to the Broad-billed Flycatcher male and female.

Photo by AllanP
Brisbane, April 2009


Northern Australia



  • M. r. papuana:
  • Savanna of southern New Guinea and Boigu Island (northern Torres Strait)
  • M. r. concinna:
  • M. r. okyri:
  • M. r. yorki:
  • M. r. rubecula:
  • M. r. sciurorum:
  • Louisiade and D'Entrecasteaux archipelagos


Dry sclerophyll and mangrove forests, bush and coastal areas.


They wag their tails.


Diet includes insects.


Both sexes build the shallow, cup-shaped nest of torn bits of paperbark (Malleleuca) and grass held together by spiders web and decorated with pieces of bark and lichen; both parents incubate the eggs and feed the young.


A most amazing song interspersed with a loud metallic click that carries throughout the bush.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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