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Is it possible to identify this brid (Hong Kong, Nov. 23, 2019)

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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 12:37   #1
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Is it possible to identify this brid (Hong Kong, Nov. 23, 2019)

Hi,

Lousy pictures, I know -- the bird was far and the grid threw off auto-focus on my camera. These were taken on Nov. 23, 2019 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Is it possible to tell what it is?

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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 13:09   #2
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Looks like a House Sparrow.
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Looks like a House Sparrow.
I thought about that too, but the House Sparrow (English Sparrow) is actually not listed as a bird of Hong Kong (at least according to Wikipedia):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...World_sparrows

The most common old world sparrow in much of East Asia is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.
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Could it be "one of the Arctic" Warblers?
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Pretty sure it's a Dusky Warbler. The features all seem to fit - supercilium, brown upperparts, buff flanks with white belly/throat, dark pinkish-brown legs. It's quite a common species in HK in autumn/winter.


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I thought about that too, but the House Sparrow (English Sparrow) is actually not listed as a bird of Hong Kong (at least according to Wikipedia):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...World_sparrows

The most common old world sparrow in much of East Asia is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.
There have now been a few records of House Sparrow in recent years, but it's still a very rare visitor, usually in flocks of Tree Sparrows around rice fields. The first photo shows the bill is too slender for a sparrow, plus the wings are plain and legs are too long/thin.
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I'd agree with Dusky Warbler
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I saw Dusky Warbler in HK in 2014. And before I looked at the other posts (honest!) that what I thought.
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