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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 22:38
Replies: 1
Views: 33
Posted By THE_FERN
Decurved bill suggests black-tailed trainbearer...

Decurved bill suggests black-tailed trainbearer (hummingbird)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 22:34
Replies: 1
Views: 28
Posted By THE_FERN
1) Canary-winged parakeet 2) probably great...

1) Canary-winged parakeet 2) probably great kiskadee, but not certain can rule out lesser (think bill too prominent for other things like social fly: ssp would be sulphuratus and this one certainly...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 22:26
Replies: 1
Views: 40
Posted By THE_FERN
1) Yellow-rumped cacique 2) russet-backed...

1) Yellow-rumped cacique 2) russet-backed oropendola (ssp angustifrons with dark bill), 3/4) yellow-headed caracara (immature) 5) probably greater kiskadee although if not, then lesser kiskadee (not...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 22:13
Replies: 2
Views: 38
Posted By THE_FERN
Agree: the bi-coloured bill makes is little blue...

Agree: the bi-coloured bill makes is little blue heron. Agree the other 2 (snowy, great)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 15:21
Replies: 3
Views: 113
Posted By THE_FERN
Yes: I can't make it into a water pipit either

Yes: I can't make it into a water pipit either
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 15:19
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By THE_FERN
After a bit more research, I agree this must be...

After a bit more research, I agree this must be lesser rhea. Perhaps the description doesn't apply to this subspecies, or perhaps the reference I have is just wrong, but the thigh thing doesn't hold...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 19:19
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By THE_FERN
Arcadillor's suggestion of Mountain elaenia seems...

Arcadillor's suggestion of Mountain elaenia seems good to me
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 18:41
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By THE_FERN
I can see why Arcadillor suggested a Euphonia...

I can see why Arcadillor suggested a Euphonia [clearly a young bird of whatever species]. I don't think white-vented is in range. If not a Euphonia I'm not sure what it is, but I can see why you're...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 11:59
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By THE_FERN
I see it on the photo although it's not very...

I see it on the photo although it's not very clear because of angle etc
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 11:04
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By THE_FERN
Clearly you've some reason for rejecting female...

Clearly you've some reason for rejecting female violet-headed. I note that Vallely and Dyer say that the short straight bill is a key id mark (as here). Of course, the decision is y yours but for me...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 00:57
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By THE_FERN
1: greater rhea based on feathers not extending...

1: greater rhea based on feathers not extending much over thighs (although bill appears short, and eye looks dark the bird appears hefty and not rounded); 2: puna tinamou 3: black-hooded sierra-finch...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 00:50
Replies: 1
Views: 71
Posted By THE_FERN
1/2 andean gull; 3 male andean goose; 4 crested...

1/2 andean gull; 3 male andean goose; 4 crested duck
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 00:48
Replies: 14
Views: 234
Posted By THE_FERN
These are black-headed. The other one was...

These are black-headed. The other one was buff-throated. The difference you can see in these photos is that the birds in the latest have clearly black heads whilst that in the first has a greyish...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 21:41
Replies: 14
Views: 234
Posted By THE_FERN
The headline ebirds photos must be the best where...

The headline ebirds photos must be the best where they exist and where there's a reasonable set of variant plumages. These are the ones at the top of each species account. I often find neotropcical...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 21:35
Replies: 14
Views: 234
Posted By THE_FERN
Variable—that's the confusion species. So if not...

Variable—that's the confusion species. So if not the seed finch, then this. [I note that the female seedeater in the article has a pretty wimpy bill: birds like that are easy to identify!]
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 18:57
Replies: 14
Views: 234
Posted By THE_FERN
By ebird, I (think I) mean Macauley library...

By ebird, I (think I) mean Macauley library photos: the ones which appear on the ebird species pages, not the ones from ebird reports. I've referenced these before and there are some obvious errors...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 16:16
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By THE_FERN
No this is green hermit. Long-billed is brown not...

No this is green hermit. Long-billed is brown not green. I'm guessing Andy was replying without books to hand
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 16:14
Replies: 14
Views: 234
Posted By THE_FERN
Not sure who you're quoting there, Niels. Culmen...

Not sure who you're quoting there, Niels. Culmen shape not mentioned in either Vallely and Dyer or the Proaves guide. Ebird images suggest is usually but not always clearly "straight": some images...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 15:23
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By THE_FERN
I did the same with different results...

I did the same with different results...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 13:12
Replies: 9
Views: 202
Posted By THE_FERN
don't you just love phone autocorrect? These are...

don't you just love phone autocorrect? These are the egrets around Sizewell, Hinkley, of course
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 11:03
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By THE_FERN
Southern populations of rufous-tailed can be...

Southern populations of rufous-tailed can be split as spot-tailed apparently. No idea what the ID marks are though. [edit] Based on neotropical birds site, the 2 sspp which Avibase says are...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 11:00
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By THE_FERN
Female violet-headed for me. I disregarded the...

Female violet-headed for me. I disregarded the Woodnymph because: this has the feeling of a very small hummingbird (but size difficult to judge), the bill is straight (would expect Woodnymph to be...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:51
Replies: 9
Views: 202
Posted By THE_FERN
Broadly speaking, egrets have all-yellow bills....

Broadly speaking, egrets have all-yellow bills. The main exception is snowy egret which has a black bill with yellowish around three eyes. In the North (Colombia), there's reddish egret which has a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:42
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By THE_FERN
See previous comments. In addition, I note that...

See previous comments. In addition, I note that lesser can appear to have a relatively longer tail than greater (as here: compare the pics on this thread)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 16:14
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By THE_FERN
According to Raptors of the world (Ferguson-Lees...

According to Raptors of the world (Ferguson-Lees & Christie), juv. in flight is similar to adult apart from nape. And yes, in this case the inner primaries appear as a light patch. If it were...
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