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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 12th February 2019, 02:37
Replies: 13
Views: 307
Posted By johnallcock
I think that the snipe is Pin-tailed/Swinhoe's...

I think that the snipe is Pin-tailed/Swinhoe's (I'm not sure you can say which from this, unless there is a difference in range). The pale wing panel fits better than for Common, plus the underparts...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th February 2019, 15:23
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By johnallcock
They also appear to have different patterns on...

They also appear to have different patterns on the central tail feathers, maybe the second bird has replaced the central tail (although I agree with Grahame that most tail feathers look like a 1st...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th February 2019, 09:21
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By johnallcock
My last message was cross-posted with your edit....

My last message was cross-posted with your edit.

I did consider Pine Bunting, but I don't think that fits for a number of reasons - plain white (unstreaked) supercilium, unstreaked underparts,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th February 2019, 09:13
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By johnallcock
Compare with the females here, with streaked...

Compare with the females here, with streaked crown and little white on the cheeks:
http://strix.main.jp/?p=320

Rather different from the head pattern of Tristram's, which has a well-defined white...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th February 2019, 07:02
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By johnallcock
I would say both Lesser. The second looks like a...

I would say both Lesser.

The second looks like a fairly typical Lesser to me, it seems very small with small head and large eye, and blunt-tipped bill.

The first is less clear to me, but doesn't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th February 2019, 06:54
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By johnallcock
Aren't they Meadow...

Aren't they Meadow...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 5th February 2019, 08:38
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By johnallcock
Agreed. It's the only Buteo in Hong Kong.

Agreed. It's the only Buteo in Hong Kong.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 4th February 2019, 00:41
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By johnallcock
1. Masked Laughingthrush 2. Daurian Redstart...

1. Masked Laughingthrush
2. Daurian Redstart female
3. Long-tailed Shrike
4. Daurian Redstart male

Daniel, if you do ever want to see Masked Laughingthrush, come to Hong Kong. They are very common,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 2nd February 2019, 14:52
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By johnallcock
Narrow white supercilium suggests tschutschensis.

Narrow white supercilium suggests tschutschensis.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 2nd February 2019, 06:47
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By johnallcock
HBW splits Masked Bunting (Emberiza personata)...

HBW splits Masked Bunting (Emberiza personata) from Black-faced, Masked being the taxon that occurs in Japan. Not all lists follow this taxonomy - IOC and eBird still treat this taxon as part of...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 1st February 2019, 14:25
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By johnallcock
I've actually been wondering the same and...

I've actually been wondering the same and initially was posting that, but then thought the bill looked a bit large. I'm not sure.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 1st February 2019, 13:01
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By johnallcock
I'm not entirely sure on this picture, but I...

I'm not entirely sure on this picture, but I think it may be a Broad-billed Sandpiper. It's only just larger than the stints, with a well-marked head pattern and quite a long bill.

There are also a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 1st February 2019, 09:47
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By johnallcock
I don't know whether aurimacula can look like...

I don't know whether aurimacula can look like this, but the plumage here is typical of a female melli...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 31st January 2019, 06:34
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By johnallcock
Yes, it is. The lighting is make the cheeks look...

Yes, it is. The lighting is make the cheeks look a bit redder than they are - they're actually browner. But the rest of the pattern is distinctive.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 31st January 2019, 06:32
Replies: 5
Views: 157
Posted By johnallcock
You could do. It's a Wood Sand.

You could do. It's a Wood Sand.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 30th January 2019, 02:56
Replies: 19
Views: 646
Posted By johnallcock
Check some of the posts in this old thread:...

Check some of the posts in this old thread: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=266259&highlight=emberizidae
Especially the tree linked in Laurent's post #8. Laurent's barcoding tree finds...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 29th January 2019, 12:14
Replies: 18
Views: 319
Posted By johnallcock
It's not a recent change, it's been...

It's not a recent change, it's been White-throated for many years. In fact I think this was the name used since the first version of the IOC list (and before that by various authors). Personally I...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 29th January 2019, 07:32
Replies: 18
Views: 319
Posted By johnallcock
White-throated is the name that's usually used...

White-throated is the name that's usually used for the combined species before splitting the Philippine endemic (and is still used by IOC, who haven't yet accepted the split). To my mind, it would...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 25th January 2019, 07:46
Replies: 154
Views: 4,473
Posted By johnallcock
Personally I really like the name Bornean...

Personally I really like the name Bornean Shade-dweller. I'm quite tempted to go to Borneo and look for that, much more than I would be Eyebrowed Jungle-Flycatcher.

Leaf-toiler is a name that I...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 00:19
Replies: 18
Views: 345
Posted By johnallcock
Populations of simplex in much of China are...

Populations of simplex in much of China are migratory, and I think many birds winter in SE Asia. It should occur in much of Vietnam and it is probably this species that James saw in Laos. I don't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 21st January 2019, 23:59
Replies: 16
Views: 494
Posted By johnallcock
The head pattern (especially shape of the super...

The head pattern (especially shape of the super and black on sides of crown), large bill with fully pale lower mandible and short wings/longish tail all suggest Manchurian to me.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 16th January 2019, 10:41
Replies: 14
Views: 309
Posted By johnallcock
I agree with MacNara that any claims of cumatilis...

I agree with MacNara that any claims of cumatilis from before the 2013 should be treated as unconfirmed. We know that there has been historical confusion about the ID of cumatilis and intermedia, so...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 15th January 2019, 04:43
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By johnallcock
It's a Common House Martin. The pale feathers...

It's a Common House Martin.

The pale feathers that you can seen in the crown and upperparts are old feathers that have not yet been replaced during the moult and are bleached by the sun. The...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 15th January 2019, 00:18
Replies: 14
Views: 281
Posted By johnallcock
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker would also be my...

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker would also be my guess for #4, but I certainly wouldn't tick it from that photo!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 14th January 2019, 14:33
Replies: 2
Views: 141
Posted By johnallcock
1 - Drongos, probably Black. 2 - Brown Shrike,...

1 - Drongos, probably Black.
2 - Brown Shrike, but I think an adult rather than juv
3 - Barn Swallow
4 - A Swamphen. I think the local taxon is Black-backed (viridis) after the split.
5 - I agree...
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