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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 16:55   #1
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Sylvia Warbler

Just found this pic tucked away in my file under Subalpine, which it obviously is not. Taken March 2007 just north of Eilat.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 17:01   #3
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 17:05   #4
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 18:58   #5
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I would second Sardinian
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I would say female Ménétries as the flanks and belly are pale. The upper parts are pale grey-brown. Also the crown and ear-coverts are pale grey/brown not contrasting with the white throat as in Sardinian. Sardinian usually has more buffy flanks.

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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 21:02   #7
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To my eye the crown, top of nape and ear coverts look almost a flat grey..as compared to the lower nape and mantle which appear a soft grey/brown, also the base of the lower mandible looks grey to me without any vestige of pink or yellow. I can't see the flanks as they are somewhat obscured. On that basis I'm in the momus camp.
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I would say female Ménétries as the flanks and belly are pale. The upper parts are pale grey-brown. Also the crown and ear-coverts are pale grey/brown not contrasting with the white throat as in Sardinian. Sardinian usually has more buffy flanks.

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[quote=KenM;2416311]To my eye the crown, top of nape and ear coverts look almost a flat grey..as compared to the lower nape and mantle which appear a soft grey/brown, also the base of the lower mandible looks grey to me without any vestige of pink or yellow. I can't see the flanks as they are somewhat obscured. On that basis I'm in the momus camp.[/QUO




This is what I was puzzled about. Birds photographed on Cyprus and in Spain show far more grey on the head contrasting with the mantle. Also this bird shows bright edging to the tertials, but that could be the bright light to some degree, plus much paler flanks. The base of the lower mandible on my screen at least shows a touch of yellow especially when compared to western Sardinians.

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Old Tuesday 17th April 2012, 09:51   #9
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Ruppell s W.? - bill is longish and culmen slightly curved, flanks are gray..
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