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  1. Alan Manson

    Verreaux's Eagle, Johannesburg, South Africa

    http://www.africam.com/wildlife/black_eagle_webcam HATCH WATCH ALERT: Emoyeni (The Verreaux's Eagle) is currently sitting on her 2 eggs which are expected to hatch sometime in the next 7 days.
  2. Alan Manson

    Two more from the arid west ...

    of South Africa: Tractrac Chat and Red Lark
  3. Alan Manson

    Cinnamon-breasted Warbler

    Photo of this southern African endemic added to the Opus page.
  4. Alan Manson

    Dalat Shrike-Babbler

    Discussion thread for Dalat Shrike-Babbler. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button.
  5. Alan Manson

    Blyth's Shrike-Babbler

    Discussion thread for Blyth's Shrike-Babbler. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button.
  6. Alan Manson

    Sri Lanka Woodshrike

    Discussion thread for Sri Lanka Woodshrike. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Split from Common Woodshrike. I have copied info on ID, habitat and behaviour from that species; please improve if you...
  7. Alan Manson

    Malabar Woodshrike

    Discussion thread for Malabar Woodshrike. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button. ---------------- This is a recent split from Large Woodshrike; I have copied ID, habitat and behaviour from that species. Can anyone improve on that?
  8. Alan Manson

    White Helmetshrike subspecies, Ethiopia and Kenya

    On the Opus page, am I correct calling the bird form Genale, Ethiopia (without white wing bar) P. p. vinaceigularis? Also which subspecies from Lake Baringo in this photo by obasanmi?
  9. Alan Manson

    Pygmy Antwren? - Peru

    A question for Opus: This photo is labelled Pygmy Antwren Myrmotherula brachyura; the photo was taken at Chino, Amazon River, Loreto, Peru. The latest Clements update has: Myrmotherula brachyura; Pygmy Antwren; E Colombia to the Guianas, Amazonian Brazil and n Bolivia Myrmotherula ignota...
  10. Alan Manson

    Earthcreepers; Patagonia and Chile

    A question for Opus; we have two photos of Scale-throated Earthcreeper (one from Patagonia and one from Chile). Both were identified pre-split - I presume (from the habitat) that neither is of a Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper (Upucerthia saturatior)? Can subspecies be identified for either photo?
  11. Alan Manson

    New penguin website

    Penguin Watch.
  12. Alan Manson

    Opus taxonomy updates

    A few of the Opus editors were getting frustrated with being stuck with the outdated (1996) Sibley and Monroe, so it has been agreed that we will use the latest Clements, IOC and Howard and Moore to decide which species qualify for pages in Opus. Quoting from the relevant help page:
  13. Alan Manson

    Yellow-casqued Hornbill

    I added bru.b's painting of a female Yellow-casqued Hornbill to the Opus page.
  14. Alan Manson

    Alan's photos of South African birds

    Trying to keep track of what I have out there ... Coqui Francolin Crested Francolin Grey-winged Francolin Red-winged Francolin; habitat Natal Spurfowl Red-necked Spurfowl Swainson's Spurfowl Common Quail; male female Crested Guineafowl; portrait Helmeted Guineafowl White-backed Duck Egyptian...
  15. Alan Manson

    Stripe-cheeked Greenbul and Red-faced Crimson-wing

    I've added cossypha's photos of Stripe-cheeked Greenbul and Red-faced Crimson-wing; found in the "Southern Afican Forum" thread.
  16. Alan Manson

    Neergaard's Sunbird

    Neergaard's Sunbird: After many trips to Mkhuze GR over the years, I finally got a few pics of this active little bird. Photo uploaded to Opus.
  17. Alan Manson

    Some Pipits to Sort Out, Please

    Anthus novaeseelandiae (called Richard's Pipit pre-split) was split into five species: Australasian Pipit - Anthus novaeseelandiae Richard's Pipit - Anthus richardi Paddyfield Pipit - Anthus rufulus African Pipit - Anthus cinnamomeus Mountain Pipit - Anthus hoeschi Anthus novaeseelandiae...
  18. Alan Manson

    Ethiopian specials by Trevor Hardaker

    Trevor is a regular in the ID forum and recently posted a thread pointing to his report on recent Ethiopian trip on his own page www.hardaker.co.za; this links to an awesome collection of photos of Ethiopian specials. I emailed him to ask if I could post some of the pics to Opus, and he...
  19. Alan Manson

    Azores Bullfinch

    Discussion thread for Azores Bullfinch. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button. ---------------------------------- This species is recognised by Sibley & Monroe 96 and IOC 09, but not by Clements 08 and H&M 03. Merge with Eurasian Bullfinch?
  20. Alan Manson

    Lesser Redpoll

    Discussion thread for Lesser Redpoll. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button. ------------------- Not recognised as a separate species by Clements 08, H&M 03 or S&M 96 or IOC 09. Merge with Common Redpoll??
  21. Alan Manson

    Two-banded Puffbird

    Discussion thread for Two-banded Puffbird. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button. Marked for merging with Russet-throated Puffbird. Sibley&Monroe 96, H&M 03, Clements 08 and IOC all lump.
  22. Alan Manson

    Which taxonomy should we use for Opus?

    Picking up from Mark Bruce's thread in the Photos of New Species for OPUS forum: We have been following this policy, but I have been frustrated by how slow Clements has been to make changes (especially outside the Americas), and by the long delays between editions of Howard & Moore. I...
  23. Alan Manson

    Southern (Cape) Penduline Tit

    Photo of Southern Penduline Tit added to Opus
  24. Alan Manson

    Black Harrier

    Black Harrier pics from West Coast National Park added to Opus.
  25. Alan Manson

    Barlow's Lark

    Discussion thread for Barlow's Lark. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button. -------------- This species was described by Ryan et al. in 1998 (Ibis 140:605-619), and is recognised by Clements 08, but not H&M 03. However S&M 96 did recognise the need for a separate...
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