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Flycatcher ID - BG (1 Viewer)

Pavel

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Hi there, Could it be a young male Taiga Flycatcher? Photos taken today, 02/05/2021 at Durankulak, NE Bulgaria.
Your comments will be much appreciated!
 

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alanc

Just an earthbound misfit
England
Yes I agree it is well defined. From an internet search, here are a couple of similar individuals. One from Nature PL, the other from Nord University IBIRD
These also show a well defined orange patch. Best wishes alan
 

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Pavel

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Yes I agree it is well defined. From an internet search, here are a couple of similar individuals. One from Nature PL, the other from Nord University IBIRD
These also show a well defined orange patch. Best wishes alan
Thanks Alan, for your quick and positive reply. I've never seen Taiga Fly but RBF is a common species especially during spring and fall migration.
Greetings,
 

Grahame Walbridge

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On this link you can see the clear white breast (lack of grey on young males):
Those images are over-exposed and are very misleading Pavel- see 2cy Taiga looks like an adult male following pre-breeding moult, Feb-Apr. The Flamborough can bird be aged by the retained juvenile greater covers with pale tips.

The OP is a 2cy RBF which has, in this instance, a paler washed orange chin and throat, lacking the broad grey breast band. Note also the upper tail coverts of the OP are not jet black; in Taiga they are always black, contrasting with the tail. Your bird has the pale tips to the greater coverts worn off but the inner three (?) appear slightly longer and so, possibly (replaced) adult feathers, though difficult to be certain without better quality images. The vast majority of 2cy RBF's cannot be sexed.

RBF's do not attain adult plumage until 3cy. For in depth ageing and sexing- see https://ringersdigiguide.ottenby.se/species/ficedula-parva/

Grahame
 
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Pavel

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Those images are over-exposed and are very misleading Pavel- see 2cy Taiga looks like an adult male following pre-breeding moult, Feb-Apr. The Flamborough can bird be aged by the retained juvenile greater covers with pale tips.

The OP is a 2cy RBF which has, in this instance, a paler washed orange chin and throat, lacking the broad grey breast band. Note also the upper tail coverts of the OP are not jet black; in Taiga they are always black, contrasting with the tail. Your bird has the pale tips to the greater coverts worn off but the inner three (?) appear slightly longer and so, possibly (replaced) adult feathers, though difficult to be certain without better quality images. The vast majority of 2cy RBF's cannot be sexed.

RBF's do not attain adult plumage until 3cy. For in depth ageing and sexing- see https://ringersdigiguide.ottenby.se/species/ficedula-parva/

Grahame
Thank you Grahame for the very detailed explanation and, please tell me which part of the bird would be important to see.
Today, I'll try to trap the bird or at least take more photos if it's still there.
 
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