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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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So in the boring lockdown we were discussing our favourite bird families and coming up with our top 5 birds for each group of species. We tried to do it based on either having a photo (not always the best) or a description from our trip reports

The first groups are the obvious one Pittas, Bird of Paradise, Penguin, Trogons and Hummingbirds but hopefully subsequent groups may be a bit more interesting.

I'll try to do a least one a day and hopefully others might do the same to get some interest going.

First up Pittas

I've gone for Blue-headed, Black-headed, Fairy, Hooded and Javan Banded but if my photos of Ivory-breasted and Indian were better they could have been in
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Birds of Paradise

Today has to be one of the most spectacular families, we will never forget seeing Raggiana BoP lekking at Varieta on Papua New Guinea.

Raggiana, Superb, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Wallace's Standard-wing and Brown Sicklebill are the photos below
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Penguins

Adelie, African, Chinstrap and King, Yellow-eyed Penguin.

I can't find any photos of Galapagos which is our favourite from trip reports after a couple swam with us while snorkelling.
 

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KC Foggin

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I wish I had them over here but your Long-tailed Tit has always been a favorite of mine.
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Humingbirds

So difficult to choose and rather than have a fall out we each have five birds.

Mine are

Snowcap, Tufted Coquette, Scintillant Hummer, Buff-tailed Coronet and Gorgetted Sunangel
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Hummingbird Sarah

Sarah's choice

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Shining Sunbeam, Golden-bellied Puffleg, Black-crested Coquette and Booted Racketail
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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So in the boring lockdown we were discussing our favourite bird families and coming up with our top 5 birds for each group of species. We tried to do it based on either having a photo (not always the best) or a description from our trip reports

The first groups are the obvious one Pittas, Bird of Paradise, Penguin, Trogons and Hummingbirds but hopefully subsequent groups may be a bit more interesting.

I'll try to do a least one a day and hopefully others might do the same to get some interest going.

First up Pittas

I've gone for Blue-headed, Black-headed, Fairy, Hooded and Javan Banded but if my photos of Ivory-breasted and Indian were better they could have been in

Correction - Sarah chose Rainbow Pitta not Blue-headed but too late to edit the post.
 

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dandsblair

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Trogons

Trogons/Quetzals are Sarah's favourite species.

Today we have chosen

Golden-headed Quetzal, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Whitehead's Trogon, Resplendent Quetzal and Guianan Trogon


Next sets are likely to be Cotingas, Kingfishers, Owls and Bee-eaters.
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Cotinga

Lots of great Cotingas from South and Central America to select from

We have gone for

Snowy Cotinga seen in La Selva Costa Rica, Orange-breasted Fruiteater Montezuma in Columbia, Guianan Red Cotinga and Cock of the Rock at Iwokrama Guyana and Andean Cock of the Rock from Mindo Ecuador plus Red-ruffed Fruitcrow at Ozum Columbia.
 

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ammadoux

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Hello

here i want to share some images of the Arabian sunbird, Cinnyris hellmayri, a very close relative to the shinning sunbird which is known in East Africa, were Arabia was once part of, before it got seprated by the big refit which created the red sea.
 

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ammadoux

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all the previous images are for males, and here two more for a sub adult male.
 

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ammadoux

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Trogons/Quetzals are Sarah's favourite species.

Today we have chosen

Golden-headed Quetzal, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Whitehead's Trogon, Resplendent Quetzal and Guianan Trogon


Next sets are likely to be Cotingas, Kingfishers, Owls and Bee-eaters.

great selection of birds, all stunning beauty.
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Lovely bird

Hello

here i want to share some images of the Arabian sunbird, Cinnyris hellmayri, a very close relative to the shinning sunbird which is known in East Africa, were Arabia was once part of, before it got seprated by the big refit which created the red sea.

Nice bird - when was it split from Shining, still shown as Shining in Birds of the Middle East?
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Tanagers

Loads of really attractive tanager to chose from. Unfortunately I don't have good photos of Paradise or Multi-coloured so we have gone for

Silvery Throated - this bird seen at Savegre in Costa Rica,
Gold-ringed - this great bird seen at Montezuma Columbia,
Golden-naped - Mindo Eduador
Emerald - Arenal in Costa Rica
Flame-faced - Santa Rosa Ecuador
 

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wolfbirder

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Wish my travels had revealed any of those wonderful birds, but apart from Canada, its all WP birds for me............

I'll give I ta go in one post................

American warblers - Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Cerulean, Black and White, Parula, Pronthonatory.

The rest is all WP -

Raptors - Pallid Harrier, Hen Harrier, Monty, Gyrfalcon, Saker, Goshawk, Hobby, Sooty Falcon, Goldie, Eleonora's.

Owls - Great Grey, Snowy, Hawk, Tengmalm's Short-eared, Barn Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Scop's Owl

Passerines - Siberian Rubythroat, Wryneck, Hawfinch, Firecrest, Redstart, Blue-Cheeked Bee-eater, European Bee-eater, Roller, Kingfisher, any Nightjars, woodpeckers.

Waders - Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sand, Greenshank, Sanderling, Cream-coloured Courser

Wildfowl - Smew, Pintail, Goldeneye, any Divers or Grebes

Seabirds - Pom Skua, Puffin, Red-billed Tropicbird, Sooty Tern, Little Tern, Ross's Gull

Gamebirds - Black Grouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
 
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MJB

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Nice bird - when was it split from Shining, still shown as Shining in Birds of the Middle East?

Birdlife Datazone and HBW Alive recognise 'Arabian Sunbird' C. hellmayri as a full species, with ssp kinneari del Hoyo et al 2016, but although peer-reviewed justification unavailable, the authors of Sunbirds 2001 support the split, Robert Cheke and Clive Mann in litt & pers comm. Plumage and structural characteristic differences beween the 5 sspp of Shining Sunbird are detailed in Williams 1955. It seems the only molecular work done on Shining Sunbird was that included in the unpublished Bowie 2003. In the absence of any available molecular evidence, the OSME Region List pro tem treats the split as provisional.
MJB
Bowie, RCK. 2003. Birds, molecules and evolutionary patterns among Africa's islands in the sky. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cape Town.
Cheke, RA, CF Mann and R Allen. 2001. Sunbirds; a guide to the sunbirds, spiderhunters, flowerpeckers and sugarbirds of the world. Helm. London. UK.
del Hoyo, J, NJ Collar, DA Christie, A Elliott, LDC Fishpool, P Boesman, and GM Kirwan. 2016.*HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Williams, JG. 1955. A systematic revision and the natural history of the Shining Sunbird in Africa. The Condor 57(5): 249-262.
 

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