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what's hit is history....

Posted Monday 24th November 2008 at 19:37 by Touty
Updated Tuesday 25th November 2008 at 05:45 by Touty
... what's missed is mystery.

Absolutely horrible, miserable day in Trieste. Cold, driving rain with snow up in the Karst above the city. Yuck. Not a lot of news on the living bird front, though there is a Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) with the Greylag Geese (A. anser). Sixth record for Italy (if accepted).

Didn't make a lot of progress today. Lots of odd weaver birds and no really good book to help me sort them out. I may put away all the Ploceidae until I get a decent book to sort them out. There are 117 species and a lot of them are very similar.

Anyway. Three more birds today:

First is a rather forlorn-looking New World Oriole / Blackbird type. About Golden Oriole in size. I've no idea:

Scarlet-headed Blackbird, (Amblyramphus holosericeus)

Second is a brightly-coloured tanager type. I think it MIGHT be a Chestnut-bellied Mountain-tanager (Delothraupis castaneoventris) but the picture I have in the book is so poor that I can't be sure. Sparrow-sized.

Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanota)

The third and final bird is a bit confusing. It looks very familiar but is very grubby. It's about the size of a Eurasian Jay or a bit smaller and the label says 'Garrulus' 'Indie?'. I wondered if it might be a Laughing Thrush Garrulax of some kind, or a bulbul.

Chinese Laughing-thrush (Garrulax chinensis)

More tomorrow.
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My guesses for the first two:

New World Blackbird: Scarlet-headed Blackbird, (Amblyramphus holosericeus)

Tanager: Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota)

Posted Monday 24th November 2008 at 20:58 by dacol dacol is offline
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