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Bunting? and Pipits ID, Guangxi, China (1 Viewer)


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Location: Baise, Guangxi China
Date: January

Photos 1-4: Bird seen perched on electric wires in hilly fruit tree/agricultural area. There were a total of 4 individuals with similar appearance, all of which perched on wires near each other, not closely grouped. First thought was a type of bulbul because of size and general shape, but didn't seem quite right. Given the shape and prominence of the crest, the short wings/long tail, and the habitat, Crested Bunting (no males in group...perhaps all female / 1st winter) seems right?

Next up are two different individual pipits. Pipits always feel difficult. Paddyfield is probably at very northern edge of range here; Richard's is likely in winter; don't know about Blyth's abundance in the area. Would appreciate any ideas on these two birds.
Bird 1: Photos 5-6
Bird 2: Photos 7-10



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Agree with Crested Bunting. I've found them fairly easy to see in some places in Guangxi, but they do seem to be localised to certain habitats.

The pipits are going to be tricky I think. To add to the complications, the population of Richard's Pipits in South China ('sinensis') is more heavily marked than northern migrants. Both individuals look more heavily streaked in some photos than in others, depending on posture and angle, so it's hard to be sure which photos are most reliable. I think I'd be inclined to list them as Pipit sp.

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