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Blyth's Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) in south-western Briefs Garden / Sri La

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Old Friday 17th January 2020, 15:21   #1
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Blyth's Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) in south-western Briefs Garden / Sri La

The images of Acrocephalus Warbler in south-western Briefs Garden was shot near the west coast inland in a garden area. I am thinking of Blyth's Reed-Warbler but could confirm ID, as the habitat – a garden hedge – is quite strange for me. Scanning the images I'm would be grateful for ID from the experts.
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Old Friday 17th January 2020, 16:04   #2
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Looks good for Blyths
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Would like to have seen more detail in the wings however, overall the wings look short for this unstreaked Acro, and the general cosmetic plus the expansive fore-super look good for BRW.

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Agree with Blyth's Reed, and the habitat is not unusual.
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Old Friday 17th January 2020, 19:06   #5
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For me, it's not a Acrocephalus.
I think this is a Syke's Warbler.
The proportions, the long, unrounded tail, the general hue of the plumage, the colour of the legs, the dark cap on the edges,...target this species.
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agree Syke's warbler
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Thanks for the advice. I attach a (bad) photo to show the back side of the warbler. Sorry for the quality!
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Thanks for the advice. I attach a (bad) photo to show the back side of the warbler. Sorry for the quality!
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For comparison, a bird from our collection at its breeding grounds
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Very much an Acro tail to my eye.

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Very much an Acro tail to my eye.

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Accro about Acro ?
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Accro about Acro ?
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Not sure how good Ken’s French is Jean - François.

Ken, J- F’s play on words suggests you’re sticking to your guns on this one
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I must admit this is a more difficult bird than it first appeared to be, but I'm not really seeing Sykes's here. I know the plumage looks rather pale brown and the bill long with a pale, ummarked lower mandible, but I think this could be misleading - most of the images are over-exposed. You can't really see the wing structure in any of the images - the flight feathers look uncharacteristically "messy" for Blyth's Reed, but that could just be wing moult - and the tail looks alternately short and spiky or quite long and straight-edged. The undertail-coverts don't look that full, but it's hard to be sure. The iris is reddish-brown, however - on Iduna, the eye looks all-dark unless you get a really close view in very good light. Overall I would say I don't see much to rule out Blyth's Reed.

This location (close to Bentota, I think) is probably better for BRW too. I would expect Sykes's to turn up in the north, e.g. the Jaffna Peninsula, or perhaps on the islands.
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Thanks a lot for the discussion. Yes, the location is close to Bentota/ west Coast Sri Lanka. For me, habitat for BRW was strange
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