Restless flycatcher

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Restless flycatcher
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Restless flycatcher in flight
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Myiagra
Species: M. inquieta
Binomial name
Myiagra inquieta
(Latham, 1801)

The restless flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) is a passerine bird in the family Monarchidae; it is also known as the razor grinder or scissors grinder because of its distinctive call. It is a native of eastern and southern Australia. Populations in New Guinea and northern Australia, which were at one time considered to be a subspecies, are now accepted as a separate species, Myiagra nana, the paperbark flycatcher. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long, with a glossy dark blue crown, a grey back and white underparts, and is similar in appearance to the willie wagtail. Its cup-shaped nest, built in the fork of a tree branch, consists of grasses and shredded bark, bound together with spider webbing and often decorated with lichen, bark fragments and the egg-sacs of spiders.


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 1801 under the binomial name Turdus inquietus.[4] Its specific epithet is derived from the Latin inquietus 'restless'.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]


  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. ^ Latham, John (1801). Supplementum indicis ornithologici sive systematis ornithologiae (in Latin). London: Leigh & Sotheby. p. xl. 
  5. ^ Simpson 1979, p. 883.
  6. ^ Schodde & Mason 1999, pp. 518–519.
  7. ^ Christidis & Boles 2008, p. 200.
  8. ^ Beruldsen 2003, p. 369.
Cited texts
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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