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Restless Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Neil Fifer
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, June 2004
Myiagra inquieta


20·5 cm (8 in)

  • Black head with bluish iridescence
  • Matt black lores
  • Grey back
  • White underparts


Sub-adult, still with some buff colouring on throat
Photo by Ken Doy
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, April 2017

Papua New Guinea and Australia: found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open forests and eucalyp woodlands and farmland. Usually near water.



Their diet consists mostly of insects, spiders and centipedes. Usually seen singly or in pairs and may join mixed species flocks with Willie Wagtails.


Photo by Ken Doy
South West Queensland, October 2017

Both adults construct a large cup-shaped nest using shredded bark and grasses, matted and bound with spider webs. It is lined with soft bark, grasses, hair or feathers and decorated with lichen, strips of bark or spiders' egg sacs. Both parents incubate the eggs and rear the young.


Call: is typically described as sounding like a "scissor grinder".


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)
  4. BF member observations

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