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Birds from Nilgiris, South India (1 Viewer)

Amsdoc

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Few birds from the Nilgiri hills in Southern India.
1) Some chat but cant find exact match in any of my books. Had a very prominent white wing patch.
2) No idea...Tickells Thrush?
3) Some flycatcher but very dark?
4)Juvenile blackbird? or some Thrush?
5) Streak throated or Scaly bellied?

Thanks
 

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andyb39

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I had a good look at this image yesterday, and have tried to adjust it (see attachment), but still can't come to a firm conclusion. The strong light playing on the face (and reflected in the bird's eye) makes it hard to get an idea of the head pattern. It looks like a thrush with mid-brown upperparts, mottled grey-brown underparts, and a dark (could be shadow though) tail. It could be Tickell's Thrush, but I'm not getting an impression of a malar stripe or breast streaking. Does it even occur there? I guess the other possibility is Indian Blackbird, but the bill looks too thin to me, and I can't really make out a yellow eye-ring. Perhaps it's just not identifiable.
 

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Amsdoc

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Thanks mate. Same conundrum here. Tickell's Thrush does exist in that region but generally is a winter migrant. Also the bluish wash under wing was a bit confusing. Thanks for trying.
 

johnallcock

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My impression of this bird is that it is too small for a thrush. The structure also doesn't look right - bill too slender, legs too short, tail too long.

I'm not at all sure what it is though. A juvenile chat or Indian Robin maybe?
 

andyb39

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You beat me to it! That would explain the scaly underparts. And the very slight hook to the bill.
 
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Amsdoc

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There were loads of the Juvenile pied bush chats around there, like in pic 1, which confused me but number 2 was definitely a bigger bird than those.
Bad photo doesnt help!
Thanks guys
 

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