A bird whose shimmering lustrous azure upper parts seamlessly blend with his white lower underparts.
THE LEADEN FLYCATCHER
Plumbeous Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) is 14.5 to 16 cm long and weighs 10 to 15 grams. Having a bright lead-gray color that is almost azure-blue on the head and the upper part of the throat, they are brown and the wings are black and blue, black legs and dark brown eyes.
The female in contrast to the male has an orange-tan throat and breast with a white belly.
Juvenile birds resemble female birds but with paler wing edges.
This bird is found in eastern and northern Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
In the northern parts of their range, these birds like to inhabit subtropical or tropical mangrove forests in, in the south and inland they prefer eucalypt woodland.
The Leaden Flycatcher likes to dine on insects caught while on the wing or gleaned from foliage.
As this bird’s name would suggest, the leaden flycatcher is insectivorous. Very active and agile, it hops between branches and catches insects while on the wing.
The Plumbeous Flycatcher builds a shallow cup-shaped nest of bark and grass that is held together by webbing and decorated with pieces of bark and lichen. This is built by two men and women and is usually placed on an exposed branch about 3m to 25m above the ground. Both males and females lay eggs and nurse their young.
This bird is considered as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.