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Recent content by Valéry Schollaert

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    Blue-headed / Cassin's Vireo in Mexico

    On a birding group of California, they say Cassin's...
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    Blue-headed / Cassin's Vireo in Mexico

    thank you for your input. I'm not sure if my bird will be "certified" as Cassin's one day, but for sure I learned a lot ; I've seen an obvious Plumbeous Vireo in the same area a few days ago, a nice field of research I guess... Happy new year to all !
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    Blue-headed / Cassin's Vireo in Mexico

    Thank you Niels. Let me add a few photos. 1 : same bird as above, from back 2 : different individual in the same little flock of passerines 3 and 4 : 2 different individuals from Tuxtepec that I identified as Blue-headed Vireo, for comparison. Interesting subject, isn't it ? I appreciate your help
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    Blue-headed / Cassin's Vireo in Mexico

    Someone sent me privately this message, so I keep it anonymous. "Birds such as yours (and with multiple photos) have been a controversy for a few years here in the U.S. There are such examples where the true experts in the field come out on opposite sides with some declaring Cassin's and others...
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    Blue-headed / Cassin's Vireo in Mexico

    You need a "better" photo ? I think the photo is perfect, isn't it ? I didn't find a single one better than this online. I've plenty of photos of this individual, which details you want to see to help ?
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    Blue-headed / Cassin's Vireo in Mexico

    I spent 30 minutes comparing my photos and this article. The birds I see around Teotitlan, western Oaxaca has much greyer head than those of Tuxtepec, where Blue-headed V. is common. This is why I guessed Cassin's. But I understand Blue-headed is variable...
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    Blue-headed / Cassin's Vireo in Mexico

    This bird was taken in Teotitlán del Valle (Oaxaca), Mexico on 28 December 2020. I guess Cassin's Vireo, but I'd like a confirmation. Slight doubt with Blue-head because fairly bright flanks. Thanks for your help.
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    Bar-tailed / Desert Lark UAE

    Thank you very much for your help, all of you !
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    DRCongo - Honeyguide

    They should be kept as separate IMHO, as I could see clear sympatry in Western Uganda when I was living there.
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    Bar-tailed / Desert Lark UAE

    Do you think it is just an individual variation ? With the pattern of lesser coverts, I guess it is a 2cy (photo taken in March). Can it be the reason of the weakly patterned breast ?
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    Bar-tailed / Desert Lark UAE

    It was taken in Al Aïn area.
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    Bar-tailed / Desert Lark UAE

    Interesting, but I got the opposite answer above. What about yellow bill and grey upperparts ?
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    Bar-tailed / Desert Lark UAE

    I think you are right, if you see the name of the file, that was my identification. I'm a about to publish the photo on my website and wanted to double check... Thanks for your help. :t:
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    Bar-tailed / Desert Lark UAE

    That was my original identification, but had doubt because other Desert Larks in the area are much more striated on breast and thicker bill as on the photo attached.
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    Bar-tailed / Desert Lark UAE

    Thanks for your advice on this Ammomanes !
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