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Old Thursday 31st August 2006, 11:12   #1
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Bird Experts For Sabah Needed

Assistance appreciated for this bird: http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/...p?photo=105602
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Old Thursday 31st August 2006, 12:27   #2
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Its certainly not a Paddyfield Pipit - beyond that you will need an expert!
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Old Thursday 31st August 2006, 12:29   #3
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Maybe I am stupit-- but is it even a pipit?
Edit: just seen Steve has already remarked on this in the Photo comments

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Its not a pipit.
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Old Thursday 31st August 2006, 12:37   #5
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Prinia sp.???
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Old Thursday 31st August 2006, 12:49   #6
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No, not a pipit. Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) perhaps?
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Old Thursday 31st August 2006, 14:00   #7
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Appears to be a Straited Grassbird to me. Long tail, white outers, large bill and pronounced streaking on the upperparts. Quite a common bird in marshlands throughout coastal Sabah.

Cracking photo BTW
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Hidde, James,
I'm still confused. I knew it wasn't Anthus, and my mind should have suggested M. palustris as I have to know it for Philippines, but it didn't. Maybe what is throwing me off is all of that white in the tail. Is that a feature of any developmental stage of M. palustris? Maybe I just need more books and better descriptions.
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Steve,

From what I can remember young birds do show this feature, and can be this pronounced, I've seen some adults in display flight show glistening white edges to the outer tail feathers too. Perhaps a variable feature?
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Thanks James. I am not likely to forget this possibility again.
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