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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 13:41
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By johnallcock
It looks fine for Pied to me. What is it that has...

It looks fine for Pied to me. What is it that has made you think otherwise?
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 15th October 2020, 04:34
Replies: 11
Views: 888
Posted By johnallcock
Getting this split right is potentially important...

Getting this split right is potentially important for conservation.
Data from Australia and Eastern Asia shows rapid declines in Lesser Sand Plover. It is probably one of the most threatened species...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 15th October 2020, 04:23
Replies: 23
Views: 1,207
Posted By johnallcock
I think it's actually a pretty rare species in...

I think it's actually a pretty rare species in southern China (the map is a bit deceptive here). I suspect most migrate via Korea and then follow the Chinese coast south, rather than flying straight...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th October 2020, 03:15
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By johnallcock
It looks like Dark-sided to me. Note that the...

It looks like Dark-sided to me.

Note that the birds still has a lot of juvenile spotting on the upperparts (lesser coverts, scapulars, rump and head). Dark-sided is the only one of the three to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th October 2020, 02:46
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By johnallcock
#B1. Greater. Note the long, pointed bill, dark...

#B1. Greater. Note the long, pointed bill, dark mask and almost complete breast band. Pale tarsus.

#B2. Tibetan. Quite a small, dainty bird, rounded head, short, blunt bill. Well-defined white...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th October 2020, 02:34
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By johnallcock
Actually I agree these are two birds. I just...

Actually I agree these are two birds. I just wanted to check because I thought from dixon's first post that he was suggesting they were the same individual.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th October 2020, 08:39
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By johnallcock
Yes, Tibetan for the atrifrons group. This is...

Yes, Tibetan for the atrifrons group. This is likely to be split from mongolus. New genetic data supporting the split was presented last week.




The well-defined, narrow supercilium, the small,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th October 2020, 04:33
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By johnallcock
Innexus is the resident breeding subspecies on...

Innexus is the resident breeding subspecies on Hainan, which I've heard is now very rare.

Leucogenis is a migrant subspecies that is widespread in mainland China and is migrating at this time of...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th October 2020, 04:18
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By johnallcock
Are the plover pictures the same bird? The first...

Are the plover pictures the same bird?
The first looks best for Tibetan, but the second is definitely Greater.

I agree with Terek, of course - very distinctive.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th October 2020, 04:15
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By johnallcock
I agree with all of this. Besra and Crested Gos...

I agree with all of this.
Besra and Crested Gos are pretty similar in plumage but the structural features should help separate, especially the short, thick legs of Crested.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 10th October 2020, 03:33
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By johnallcock
Yep, agreed.

Yep, agreed.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 5th October 2020, 10:27
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By johnallcock
First two pics are Intermediate, Little and...

First two pics are Intermediate, Little and Cattle (L-R in first pic, R-L in second). Size, structure and bill shape all fit Intermediate rather than Great.

Third is a Little Egret.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 27th September 2020, 10:35
Replies: 8
Views: 438
Posted By johnallcock
I would have thought that citreola x feldegg is...

I would have thought that citreola x feldegg is more likely than flava x feldegg in Nepal, based on the ranges of the parent taxa. And the wing pattern looks like it might fit with a citreola hybrid....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 27th September 2020, 10:25
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By johnallcock
The proportions and shape look like a Cupwing to...

The proportions and shape look like a Cupwing to me.
Juvenile Pygmy Cupwing are plain and dark like this. http://www.hkbws.org.hk/BBS/redirect.php?tid=28323&goto=lastpost

A good sighting - they're...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 25th September 2020, 03:00
Replies: 26
Views: 750
Posted By johnallcock
Sorry, you're right. I read the post as asking...

Sorry, you're right. I read the post as asking whether the bird was Mountain HAWK Eagle, I'd completely forgotten that there was a Mountain SERPENT Eagle on Borneo. It's taken me three re-reads to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 15:08
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By johnallcock
It looks small and large-headed. I'd say Little...

It looks small and large-headed. I'd say Little Tern.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 15:05
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By johnallcock
Just a friendly reminder that it's useful to...

Just a friendly reminder that it's useful to mention a location - I saw the thumbnail and initially thought Sulphur-breasted Warbler!
(It's clearly not one, just superficially similar head pattern)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 15:01
Replies: 8
Views: 438
Posted By johnallcock
I agree it looks like a hybrid - the yellow on...

I agree it looks like a hybrid - the yellow on the head is too extensive for taivana (very broad supercilium, extending onto sides of crown) and there is a strong contrast between dark nape and pale...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 14:56
Replies: 26
Views: 750
Posted By johnallcock
Definitely Crested Serpent Eagle. The broad white...

Definitely Crested Serpent Eagle. The broad white bands on the wings and tail are distinctive, as is the extensive bare facial skin.
Forum: News From Birding & Nature Organisations Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 06:17
Replies: 27
Views: 1,285
Posted By johnallcock
mjh73, thank you for posting this. It is useful...

mjh73, thank you for posting this. It is useful to see both sides of the argument, not only the statement from CWBF. I'm surprised that BirdLife International still seem not to have issued an...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 15:12
Replies: 10
Views: 335
Posted By johnallcock
I agree it's one of the Arctic group. I don't...

I agree it's one of the Arctic group. I don't think you can say for sure which one from this photo.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 05:54
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By johnallcock
It looks too pale to be Japanese I think. I...

It looks too pale to be Japanese I think.

I think it should be either Shikra or Chinese. Structurally I would have said it's a better fit for Shikra - quite short primary projection, small head,...
Forum: News From Birding & Nature Organisations Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 05:44
Replies: 27
Views: 1,285
Posted By johnallcock
Why isn't the best option to try to maintain a...

Why isn't the best option to try to maintain a partnership with an established Non-Governmental Organisation (not "backed by a government"), while building capacity for smaller NGOs to develop and...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 03:10
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By johnallcock
I agree with Garganey. They are migrating through...

I agree with Garganey. They are migrating through southern China at this time of year.
Forum: News From Birding & Nature Organisations Monday 21st September 2020, 01:26
Replies: 27
Views: 1,285
Posted By johnallcock
I certainly don't take the status of HKBWS as a...

I certainly don't take the status of HKBWS as a partner for granted. It was not easy for us to become a partner and took several years of discussions. We are fully aware that it could be lost in...
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