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  1. Gonçalo Elias

    Flamingos breeding in Portugal!

    The ICNF has announced today that two colonies of Flamingos are now in activity in Portugal, for the first time ever. Both colonies are located in protected areas (the exact location has not been disclosed). Isolated breeding attempts have been recorded in the past, involving one or two pairs...
  2. Gonçalo Elias

    Sylvia conspicillata bella

    Hi all, I am trying to figure out what is the correct name for the Madeiran population of Spectacled Warbler: Sylvia conspicillata bella or Sylvia conspicillata orbitalis. It seems that bella is invalid and I would like to understand why. Thanks.
  3. Gonçalo Elias

    Odd Sparrow from Portugal

    The same odd sparrow hangs around and a new picture has just been posted by the same observer.
  4. Gonçalo Elias

    Cinderella Waxbill

    Yes, I read the dictionary before posting, however the reasoning is not clear in this case.
  5. Gonçalo Elias

    Cinderella Waxbill

    The small Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis has a funny English name. Probably the English name comes from the scientific name given by Neumann in 1908: Estrilda cinderella. However this name is not valid since Estrilda thomensis has precedence. Despite being an invalid name, it would...
  6. Gonçalo Elias

    Phaeochroa cuvierii roberti Salvin, 1861

    Phaeochroa cuvierii roberti is actually a double eponym. Are there many cases like this? Probably there are many more, I never made a thorough search, I was just curious about that...
  7. Gonçalo Elias

    Columba livia dakhlae

    Thanks PScofield and mummymonkey for the explanations.
  8. Gonçalo Elias

    Odd Sparrow from Portugal

    Thanks all for the comments. I have never seen anything like that so I am not sure what fits. But I see no traces of Spanish Sparrow here.
  9. Gonçalo Elias

    Odd Sparrow from Portugal

    Just saw this picture taken today at Odemira, southern Portugal, by Daniel Santos. Is it a mutant House Sparrow, a hybrid or something else?
  10. Gonçalo Elias

    Columba livia dakhlae

    There is a subspecies of Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon called Columba livia dakhlae. According to wikipedia, "The oasis rock dove (C. l. dakhlae) (Richard Meinertzhagen, 1928) – Found only in two oases in central Egypt, it is smaller and much paler than the nominate subspecies." There is a place...
  11. Gonçalo Elias

    Age of this Spanish Sparrow?

    Yes that's my feeling too. I just posted it here to see if there were other possibilities. Thank you for your contribution.
  12. Gonçalo Elias

    Age of this Spanish Sparrow?

    I would be surprised to see retained feathers, because sparrows do a complete post-juv moult. But of course odd cases do exist.
  13. Gonçalo Elias

    Age of this Spanish Sparrow?

    Thanks both for the replies. @Butty: you write "It's already got the adult bill colour: I don't know whether that's usual or not, but it doesn't seem particularly remarkable." - the thing is that non-breeding males don't have a black bill. They have a yellow bill (from mid-summer onwards) and I...
  14. Gonçalo Elias

    Age of this Spanish Sparrow?

    Hi all, While browsing on flickr I found this picture of an odd Spanish Sparrow taken in Madeira in June 2017 by Gabriel Moreira. I am trying to figure out the age of this bird. The description says it's a young one. At first sight it could indeed be a young doing a full post-juvenile moult...
  15. Gonçalo Elias

    Crested Lark - some subspecies

    Thanks Laurent for the explanation.
  16. Gonçalo Elias

    Crested Lark - some subspecies

    In the case of Dr Enrico Festa and the subspecies festae, shouldn't the correct spelling be festai? I thought the ending ae was only for female eponyms.
  17. Gonçalo Elias

    Passer iagoensis

    Cape Verde Sparrow is called Passer iagoensis. The specific name comes from São Tiago, which is the largest island in the archipelago. It should be noted that São Tiago is a variant from Santiago, which is a corruption from Santo Iago (Saint James in English). Iago, not Tiago, is the root...
  18. Gonçalo Elias

    Willow Warbler - 'eversmanni'-type

    Hi everyone, I have seen several times the expression 'eversmanni-type' referring to Willow Warbler. As far as I understand this name does not correspond to any subspecies, but I was unable to find out what it means or where it came from. Is it an invalid name? An unrecognized subspecies? A...
  19. Gonçalo Elias

    Eleonora's Falcon Satellite tracking programme

    Even the Greek birds seem to migrate mainly over land. Some have been satellite-tagged as well
  20. Gonçalo Elias

    Crested Lark - some subspecies

    Thanks Björn!
  21. Gonçalo Elias

    Barbary Dove

    Hi Laurent, Thanks for your reply. Now I am not sure what is the best way to refer to these domestic stock. I want to include the species in a book that I am preparing about non-native birds in Portugal and would like to know how it shall be treated so to speak.
  22. Gonçalo Elias

    Barbary Dove

    Hello, I am aware that the taxonomy of the Barbary Dove is somewhat controversial. This bird is sometimes referred to as Streptopelia roseogrisea var. 'risoria'. My question relates to the name risoria: should it be written in italic and between quotes?
  23. Gonçalo Elias

    A question about non-breeding Pin-tailed Whydah

    Thanks Niels. My interest in this subject is because we now have a growing population of this species in Portugal (introduced of course) and I am trying to understand how to tell males from females in non-breeding plumage (males in breeding plumage can be seen from May to October). However the...
  24. Gonçalo Elias

    A question about non-breeding Pin-tailed Whydah

    Indeed, this is one of the problems I found: information in different field guides points in different directions. For example, this is from Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Non-breeding female is not illustrated.
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