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Restless flycatcher

The restless flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) is a passerine bird in the family Monarchidae.

Photographed at Dayboro, SE Queensland, Australia

Also known colloquially as razor grinder,[2] scissors grinder or dishwasher on account of its unusual call,[3] the restless flycatcher was first described by ornithologist John Latham in 1802. Its specific epithet is derived from the Latin inquietus 'restless'.[4] Populations from northern Australia and New Guinea, formerly considered a distinctive subspecies, are now separated as the paperbark flycatcher (Myiagra nana), with which it forms a superspecies.[5][6]

It is found in southern and eastern Australia. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long, with a glossy dark blue crown, a grey back and white underparts. It is similar to the willie wagtail, though the lack of a black throat and white eyebrow are distinguishing features. Its main food is insects.

This bird builds a cup-shaped nest from shredded bark and grasses, matted and bound with spider-webbing. Linings used are soft bark, grasses, hair or feathers. It is often decorated with lichen, strips of bark or spiders' egg sacs. The nest site is in the fork of a well-foliaged tree mostly near or overhanging water, though it can be up to twenty or more metres above the ground.[7]


  1. ^ IUCN Red List 2012.
  2. ^ "Some Familiar Birds.". The Brisbane Courier (National Library of Australia). 10 September 1879. p. 3. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Boles 1988, p. 349.
  4. ^ Simpson 1979, p. 883.
  5. ^ Schodde & Mason 1999, pp. 518–519.
  6. ^ Christidis & Boles 2008, p. 200.
  7. ^ Beruldsen 2003, p. 369.
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Restless flycatcher
Contrary to their name, restless flycatchers do not only eat flies. Here, one is pictured with a huntsman spider.

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