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Old Wednesday 28th August 2013, 15:22   #1
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Tenerife

Saw a bird I did not recognise this morning in Tenerife. It was about the size of a Blackbird. Dark grey with a light grey breast and neck. It had a small reddish beak. Red legs and red spectacles round its eyes. Also small white spots on its upper wings. When it took off it moved like a wagtail. Does anyone know what it was.
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Old Wednesday 28th August 2013, 15:30   #2
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Something like this: http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Red-browed_Finch ?

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Old Wednesday 28th August 2013, 17:16   #3
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AFAIK they arenīt the size of a blackbird, Niels?
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Old Wednesday 28th August 2013, 18:46   #4
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Even the best observers make misjudgments of size when looking at unusual (to them) birds in unusual (to them) places. If you do not want to take my words for it, then read Ken Kaufman's introduction to his Advanced birding (1st edition) (I think this is a newer binding of the one I am referring to: http://www.amazon.com/Peterson-Field...vanced+birding).

For that reason, I did not let size limit the choice of bird I was thinking of.

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Edit: though I just now notice that the place might not be unusual to the OP
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Old Wednesday 28th August 2013, 20:42   #5
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No. It was a much darker grey and the markings were around the eyes like spectacles.
Thanks for the reply Niels.
It was sighted on the edge of a seaside town about 100 metres from the sea.

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Kellyman, Welcome to birdforum!

Chances are your bird was an escape of some type. Unfortunately, I have no other guess up my sleeve.

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Old Thursday 29th August 2013, 02:31   #8
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Phil, and to give you the opus page for that species you made two links to

http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Red-whiskered_Bulbul

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Edit: there are a number of finches with red in the face in varying amounts.
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Old Thursday 29th August 2013, 02:38   #9
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Red-Billed Leothrix and Trumpeter Finch are others that come close. But none seem to match the OP description.
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Female Red Avadavat may also fit the bill...

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic....ha-950x666.jpg
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Female Red Avadavat may also fit the bill...

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic....ha-950x666.jpg
Nice image, Phil. Sadly the size is wrong, same with "the spectacles" which this species is missing. And I donīt remember that they are moving on the ground like wagtails.

This is a very though request, trying to ID the bird but with no result. First I thought Kelly is describing a bulbul species, but thereīs no species which fits perfect. Same with thrushes, the best bet seems to be the Olive Thrush.: http://ibc.lynxeds.com/files/pictures/OliveThrush.jpg

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Kellyman, Welcome to birdforum!

Chances are your bird was an escape of some type. Unfortunately, I have no other guess up my sleeve.

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Thought that myself Niels. I have never seen anything like it around here in the six years I have lived here. Also it let me get quite close to it. Just sorry i didnīt have my camera with me but I was off shopping at the time.
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Old Thursday 29th August 2013, 11:58   #13
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how about this?

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Except for the wrong colored bill a great find, Stuart!

Guess a sketch could help.
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Old Thursday 29th August 2013, 17:37   #15
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what's the default thrush in Cuba??Have vague recollection of grey/black bird with red eyering/spectacles.


Found it....Red-legged thrush.Not sure if kept in captivity though!

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http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Red-legged_Thrush -- I have not heard of this one being a target in the pet trade, but I could be wrong

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Old Thursday 29th August 2013, 18:34   #17
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http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Red-legged_Thrush -- I have not heard of this one being a target in the pet trade[...]Niels
Neither did I. Nor did I see this species on any exhibition (mostly blackbirds with mutations and Song Thrushes).
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Just wondered :
That doesnt fit exactly I agree , but seen with a tricky light making the bill look reddish, and white trailing on the wings, like white spots, why not a sardinian warbler?
lot smaller than blackbird, but still a stocky looking warbler :

http://500px.com/photo/17658923
http://pat.marques.oiseaux.net/fauve...e.1.html#monde
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