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Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

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Blue-black Grassquit

Blue-black Grassquit

Volatinia jacarina

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This small seedeater was seen at our reserve in 2011 but has not been seen since.  This could be due to the fire of 2012 and long harsh winter of 2013 both of which reduced the available seeds.   It is part of the Emberizidae family

It measures 9cm and is shiny blue-black with slightly speckled underparts.  It has a typical seed-eating bill.

It performs a display of short vertical jumps and whilst in the air one can see the white underwing.

The female is quite different.  She has brown upperparts and buff underparts with brown streaking.

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