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    Vega Gull Eye, Orbital Ring

    I believe this is a Vega Gull, Larus argentatus vegae. I love the eyes on this one. BOW says regarding the Herring Gull, "In adults, the iris is straw or pale orange-yellow and becomes brighter in March–June; the orbital ring is yellow-orange to reddish orange in March–June, dulling to pinkish...
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    Bull-headed Shrike: Name origin & history

    I've become interested in the Bull-headed Shrike and the history of its names and am working on a blog post. I understand the name Lanius bucephalus comes from Temminck & Schlegel, 1845. Why did they give it this name in particular? Bucephalus was Alexander the Great's horse, and the horse's...
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    Hi. I'm in Japan.

    Hi everyone. I'm new here. I don't usually post this type of "I'm new here" message in forums, but I'm procrastinating tonight and I find myself here. I'm located in Fukuoka, Japan, if anyone's interested in birds in this region. I guess I've always been interested in birds, but didn't really...
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    Hi. I'm new here. I found something seemingly unusual. I think I can readily ID this bird as an Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis bengalensis (Common Kingfisher). Females can be distinguished readily by their lower mandibles being extensively orange except for the tip. However, here...