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Old Sunday 7th August 2011, 23:51   #1
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Peregrine Falcon Thailand

I make this a Peregrine Falcon shot in a rice paddy in west central Thailand. It appears to have a slight rufous hue around the neck and upper breast and it doesn't appear too grey either so I am not entirely sure. Can someone help. Many thanks
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Old Sunday 7th August 2011, 23:54   #2
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Yes, it is a Peregrine. Can't remember offhand which ssp is prevalent in Thailand but the races vary greatly in under- and upperpart colouration
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Old Monday 8th August 2011, 01:14   #3
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Yes, it is a Peregrine. Can't remember offhand which ssp is prevalent in Thailand but the races vary greatly in under- and upperpart colouration
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pe...speciesMap.png (and no, I don't believe everything I read on Wiki ) it's either peregrinator (sounds like Hitchcock's The Birds meets Terminator), or ernesti.

peregrinator (seems to also be refered to as Shaheen Falcon): http://www.worldwildlifeimages.com/b...ges_com__0.jpg

ernesti: http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~raptor/D...4%20copy_L.jpg

Look quite similar to one another anyway...great looking subspecies though...

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Thanks for the confirmation and having looked at the links and talked to a few folk here I think it is ssp ernesti.
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Old Monday 8th August 2011, 07:31   #5
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I had a look at your picture earlier and thougt it was a "ernesti". But it could be a "peregrinator". The "japonicus" and the "calidus" are wintering/migrant birds. Both "peregrinator" and 'ernesti" are found in the Ratchaburi area but y "peregrinator" is probably more common there.
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Thanks Tom. Thanks Jan-Pal and Adam. I actually spoke with Phil Round and sent him the pic. He reckons it is a local breeder and is not orange enough to be peregrinator and less vinous below than ernesti. Phil reckons they probably warrant describing as their own distinct subspecies.
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