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Recent content by andyb39

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    Two Warblers ID help, please. Shanghai, October

    No, I'm not sure! I was going by this; Japanese Bush Warbler - Shanghai Birding 上海观鸟 and this: Manchurian Bush Warbler - Shanghai Birding 上海观鸟. Based on the latter article, the OP bird should be ssp. canturians. I understood that JBW isn't restricted to Japan, but is also present in the...
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    Two Warblers ID help, please. Shanghai, October

    Manchurian looks a bit warmer and the underside of the tail looks whiter, perhaps. I don't think these are reliable differences though. It seems male Manchurian is noticeably larger than Japanese, females not so much. I expect they're best separated on voice and range. It seems Japanese is a...
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    Two Warblers ID help, please. Shanghai, October

    As Japanese Bush Warbler is a vagrant in Shanghai, I'm going along with Manchurian for the 1st bird. I also agree with Yellow-browed for the 2nd.
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    Asian Koel: Botanical Garden, Purple Mountain, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

    What I wouldn't give to hear a Koel now!
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    Asian Koel: Botanical Garden, Purple Mountain, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

    Not an Asian Koel but a Blue Whistling Thrush.
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    Help in ID of the bird please

    Agreed. The Munia is more commonly known as Scaly-breasted.
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    ID confirmation Mugimaki Flycatcher, Shanghai, October

    The bird on the right doesn't look like a female with that rather intense orange throat - presumably an immature male. The left-hand bird is a female type.
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    Wren-Babbler for ID - Singalila NP, Nepal, Oct 2021

    It does seem to be spotted on the crown and nape, which should make it Scaly-breasted. It looks small-billed too. I have no personal experience of the species though.
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    Wren-Babbler for ID - Singalila NP, Nepal, Oct 2021

    Not sure - maybe a new thread?
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    Wren-Babbler for ID - Singalila NP, Nepal, Oct 2021

    Pygmy looks better to me because of the lack of spotting on the head and nape and the large, coarse, yellow-edged scales on the sides of the breast. I'm not completely sure because the warm brown tone on the wing is perhaps better for Scaly-breasted. I think it is an immature bird - the base to...
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    Black Magpie (Borneo split) ?

    It is alsready split from Malayan Black Magpie Platysmurus leucopterus. Not by Clements yet - hopefully soon.
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    Green Iora? Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

    Agree with Green Iora.
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    Greater Coucal? Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

    They're both Greater. Short-toed is a smaller bird, with, as you say, a smaller bill and a shorter tail. Its plumage appears to be matt black. It's a scarce and inconspicuous bird - the fact that there are only 13 images of the species on eBird and 10 on Oriental Bird Images says it all!
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    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    About 10 birds were observed, so some of the other images may show different individuals. I'm not saying it isn't Sykes's, more that I'm not sure which species it is. One or two of the other images do look like Sykes's. I have seen images of Booted with a similar moult pattern to this, but it...
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    Iduna Warbler, Jersey

    No, I'm saying I'm not sure it isn't Booted.
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