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Argentina - Northern Patagonia IDs 1,2 and 3

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Old Tuesday 19th December 2006, 14:09   #1
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Argentina - Northern Patagonia IDs 1,2 and 3

Have just returned from the lightly (bird) populated area of the Argentinian Lake District and experienced quite a few "field-guide issues", mostly related to the illustrations all tending to show a single bird crouching as if in a high wind.

I think I managed to iron out most of these, but I'm not quite satisfied with a few. Can anyone advise as to the following?

#1 Looks like a Common Diuca-Finch and I understand these are clinal. The behaviour, general giss and rufous undertail are all good for CD-F but the plumage is meant to be sparrow-like with a dark head whereas mine is largely blue-grey. These were common in desert scrub and urban edge habitat.

#2 I think is a White-Headed Eleania - habitat (Araucano forest), general plumage, activity and call are all good for it, but the crest is completely different to my field guide. These were also very common

#3 I think is an Austral Pygmy-Owl, largely based on the principle of "what else could it be"? Again found in Araucano forest.

All were observed last week.

I have another couple that are more in the whodunnit? category, which I'll try and post later.

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Old Tuesday 19th December 2006, 15:33   #2
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Nice pictures from a beautiful country ! I think your Id are all correct. Birdforum's Argentinian moderator shall soon help to confirm.
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#1: Agree with your ID: Common Diuca-Finch.
#2: Do you mean White-crested Elaenia, Elaenia albiceps?
#3: Also agree with Austral Pygmy-Owl. According to "Birds of Argentina and Uruguay" (Narosky & Yzurieta) they are common in Araucano Forest.

Hopefully Fritz will confirm.
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Originally Posted by jocateme
#1: Agree with your ID: Common Diuca-Finch.
#2: Do you mean White-crested Elaenia, Elaenia albiceps?
#3: Also agree with Austral Pygmy-Owl. According to "Birds of Argentina and Uruguay" (Narosky & Yzurieta) they are common in Araucano Forest.

Hopefully Fritz will confirm.
Sorry, yes, White-Crested Eleania.
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Old Wednesday 20th December 2006, 11:08   #5
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Again, will agree on the id of the three birds and would like to add that for this area the Field Guide to the Birds of Chile (Helm Field Guides) by Alvaro Jaramillo, Peter Burke, and David Beadle may be of some help. The Birds of Argentina and Uruguay: A Field Guide by Tito Narosky is for me an absolute chocolate teapot!! Lovely part of the World though - can't wait to get back there.
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Hi Marcus,

For the benefit of myself in this case, pretty much not up to speed on obscure "britishisms", is a "chocolate teapot" something good, or a real dog?
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Old Wednesday 20th December 2006, 11:42   #7
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Thank you for the IDs - now how about somebody nails that sparrow (?) on the other thread?

(As for chocolate teapots - imagine you added boiling hot liquid to a chocolate container. Not good at all. [and if you want obscure - how about a chocolate fire-guard?]).
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Sorry, I can't help with the IDs, John, but just wanted to say that your photos are real nice! Especially the pygmy-owl!
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