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    Buzzard sp - Horton's Plain, Sri Lanka Nov 2023

    Having lived in the Middle East and lead tours in Central Asia, from my personal experience the bird here structurally does not match LL Buzzard. As I mentioned in my original post, some of the plumage details appear to be better match but the bird does not have the long wings, relatively...
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    Buzzard sp - Horton's Plain, Sri Lanka Nov 2023

    In my opinion, there is enough here (particularly the upper wing pattern) to ring alarm bells. However, I would agree that it would be likely to be overlooked as most dont look closely at Buzzards - except on a slow birding day.
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    Buzzard sp - Horton's Plain, Sri Lanka Nov 2023

    Well it matches my reaction when I saw the bird ........................ defo a buzzard! As for species - it does appear that there are plenty of ideas, but the actual distinctive features of the three migratory species are not nailed down, and perhaps even what is considered a species is in flux.
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    Buzzard sp - Horton's Plain, Sri Lanka Nov 2023

    I took the liberty of sending the photos to Dick Forsman to see what he thought and here is his reply "The Sri Lankan is interesting. Over the past years I’ve been sent many buzzards from SE Asia for comment and it seems no one really knows them. Some look like Steppe while others don’t. To me...
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    Buzzard sp - Horton's Plain, Sri Lanka Nov 2023

    Thank you Brian - I suspect this is the same bird that I saw, and as you say the identification to species is confused in Sri Lanka. I suspect that this has been allocated to vulpinus on the revised basis that is what is now 'supposed' to be there. I must have seen thousands of vulpinus and yet...
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    Buzzard sp - Horton's Plain, Sri Lanka Nov 2023

    I would like some help in the identification of the Buzzard sp photographed on Horton's Plain 10 days ago. Historically it has been considered that Himalayan Buzzard wintered here and this is how it was called by local guides. I had my doubts as it didn't attune with my memories of that taxon...
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