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Old Sunday 19th October 2008, 03:36   #1
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ID questions, Morelos, Mexico

Sorry, no pictures.

The first was a small warbler (or vireo) type bird. Its upper body, head, and wings were tan. Its plumage was quite unmarked, but it had two clear features. A prominent white eye ring, and white outer rectrices. I can't find it in my book.

The other was a more rounded passerine. It was cinnamon above, and ivory below. There were no outstanding plumage markers, and I couldn't see its tail clearly. It was small- no bigger than a winter wren. The outstanding feature was its bill, which was long and straight and slim. It must have been the length of its head. It was noticeably red. The nearest I have come is the Long-billed gnat wren, but we are a bit ou of range here.

Habitat, tropical garden at 2000 m.

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Old Sunday 19th October 2008, 04:38   #2
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Do you think #1 may have been a Bewicks Wren? Their plumage can look quite plain and they show white in the tail.
For #2, yes, thats too high up and habitat wrong for Long-billed Gnatwren. Sounds like a Wren though. Maybe House Wren? Or how about Canyon Wren?
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Do you think #1 may have been a Bewicks Wren? Their plumage can look quite plain and they show white in the tail.
For #2, yes, thats too high up and habitat wrong for Long-billed Gnatwren. Sounds like a Wren though. Maybe House Wren? Or how about Canyon Wren?
Thanks. I think #1 may have been a Bewick's wren, and though #2 was rather wren-like, I can't quite place it. A house wren is as good a match as any, though I'd like a longer bill.

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