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  1. J

    South Korea, Duck and Spoonbill

    Bottom duck also looks like Eastern Spot-billed: dark body, pale head with dark eyestripe, white tertials.
  2. J

    Falcon in Southern Henan, China

    Seems like a Peregrine to me - not as slim as Hobby or Amur, with broad base to tail and (relatively) broad wings, and pattern of underparts seems to fit best as well. This could also fit with your thought that the bird looked large.
  3. J

    Finsch's Bulbul Fraser Hill Malaysia May 20

    Not a bulbul, with those long, strong legs and large head. It looks like a Puff-throated Babbler to me
  4. J

    Juvenile warbler in Dongzhai nature reserve, Henan China

    I agree with Brown-flanked BW. Juveniles have quite a strong yellow wash to the plumage, especially the underparts and face. I guess that the lack of photos is mostly due to them being difficult to see and photograph in dense vegetation. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/112961951...
  5. J

    Sand plover in Henan, China, July

    I was distinguishing from both Greater and Siberian. Siberian would usually have more dark on breast band and flanks, different head pattern (in particular, supercilium not as long and well marked), shorter bill and more upright posture. I think they are usually on the coast as well, and rarer...
  6. J

    Sand plover in Henan, China, July

    Tibetan Sand Plover schaeferi - long, white supercilium, fairly extensive white on forehead, broadly white on the breast, paler nape, ear coverts uniform with crown, white flanks. The bill is slightly heavier than atrifrons/pamirensis, but typical of schaeferi (which is the most likely...
  7. J

    Hill Blue Flycatcher Juvenile Taman Negara Malaysia May 25

    Hopefully Grahame will be along to comment, because he's better at these Cyornis. But the underpart pattern, with contrast between orange breast and white belly, looks better for Indochinese Blue Fly to me.
  8. J

    Taman Negara Malaysia May 25

    Does it? I have no idea how much mynas cost at the moment ;) I know you're suggesting Dollarbirds, but for me the wings don't seem long enough or narrow enough, tail too short and the white wing patch is not quite in the right position (on Dollarbird it is part of the way along the primaries...
  9. J

    Fraser Hill Malaysia May 17

    Could it be Rufescent Prinia? Seems a bit brighter brown above and whiter below than Yellow-bellied, as well as relatively short-tailed (but this a bit hard to judge).
  10. J

    Stints seen in southern Henan, China today

    Yes, we usually get some oversummering waders in Hong Kong (often including a small flock of Calidris). Some birds seem to return part of the way but don't go all the way to the breeding grounds. Another possibility is that this is a bird that failed to find a mate or failed to breed, and has...
  11. J

    Unusual bird species of their Families

    I'll add: Cinnamon Ibon Cutia Finch-billed Myna White-bellied Erpornis Ground Tit
  12. J

    Bird ID help - Al Wakrah, Qatar

    Can I suggest that it was also not helpful to dismiss the original question about subspecies as being "of no particular interest at all". The poster was interested to have some feedback on their question, and was perhaps confused about what the difference is between S. senegalensis cambayensis...
  13. J

    Fan-tailed Warbler on Taiwan

    Given that brunniceps apparently occurs both to the north (Japan & Korea) and south (N Philippines) of Taiwan, and is migratory, it seems reasonable to think that this would also occur on Taiwan. Personally I suspect the taxonomy of this species is not properly resolved in the region (or, in...
  14. J

    Shaanxi, China , September 2019, again in parkland near traditional village

    I had a similar but opposite thought process to Grahame - my first thought was Brown-rumped/Swinhoe's Minivet, but I'm not sure that I can rule out Ashy 😂 The range is perhaps a bit better for Brown-rumped (Ashy is mostly further east). Brown-rumped is fairly common in rural villages/parkland...
  15. J

    Clements 2024 checklist update

    I assume that it's related to this paper, which found that the genetic phylogeny of the complex does not match the species limits as currently defined, with populations in the Eastern Himalayas being genetically more distinct than the rest of East/Southeast/South Asia...
  16. J

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    I agree, and the split seems like a chance to give each taxon a distinct name, rather than geographical qualifiers on the 'Red-rumped'. It would avoid the confusion about whether a species that breeds in north Africa and Pakistan is really European, and could highlight features for...
  17. J

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    Wow, I really hope Lesser Striated Swallow is a placeholder name that doesn't get adopted. It would get very easily confused with Lesser Striped Swallow and it's not very helpful (rufula is not really 'striated'). Meanwhile they have proposed Daurian Red-rumped Swallow for daurica (including the...
  18. J

    Quinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China, warbler 4, September 2019

    Given the quality of your sketches and notes for these phylloscs, I think the fact that you didn't mention pale tertial fringes here is another point in favour of Chinese rather than Pallas's.
  19. J

    southern Shaanxi, mountain bulbul?

    Mountain Bulbul looks right from your sketch
  20. J

    southern Shaanxi, no idea

    Green Shrike-babbler? The range seems to extend into southern Shaanxi and the sketch/description fits https://ebird.org/species/grsbab1
  21. J

    Is it a common sight to find two sub-species in the same tree? (Light-vented Bulbul)

    You were right, these are Light-vented Bulbul, subspecies hainanus. This is the resident breeding subspecies in Hainan, Guangxi and parts of Guangdong. Subspecies sinensis occurs in the same areas as a common migrant/winter visitor, and they often form mixed flocks. So it's not particularly...
  22. J

    Is all this bird ringing necessary?

    The benefit of a long-term study like this may not be immediately obvious in the short-term, but the data can be valuable in the future. For example, if the species is found to be declining in numbers and at risk of extinction, an understanding of the impacts of weather conditions or other...
  23. J

    Unknown call/sound from Philippines

    It won't be Black-crested Titmouse, which is a North American species. Try checking Rufous-lored Kingfisher, which has a similar song and I remember singing mostly at dawn when I've heard it. It's quite a rare species, found only in the southern Philippines, so you are lucky if it occurs...
  24. J

    ID please-Is it a Little Stint or anything else?

    Structurally it looks rather more like a Red-necked to me - the bill doesn't seem particularly long, and is fairly uniform along the length with a blunt tip, rather than tapering to a thin point as I expect on Little. The legs don't seem very long either, but this is a bit hard to judge as the...
  25. J

    Black or bronzed drongo? Taipei, June 2024

    Black Drongo for me. I'd expect Bronzed to show more glossy blue on the crown, hindneck and breast, contrasting with a blacker face. They also seem shorter-billed and more delicate than this bird. Ashy Drongo on Taiwan should be leucogenis or salangensis I think, both of which are much paler...