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Hong Kong, Manchurian Reed Warbler? (1 Viewer)

thomastam

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Hi everyone,

I have taken this bird photo from Hong Kong Mai Po Nature Reserve. I guess this should be one kind of Reed Warbler.

Is this called Manchurian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus tangorum)?

Thank you for your help.

Thomas
 

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johnallcock

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I agree that this is a Plain Prinia, it looks like a juvenile, judging by the yellow flanges on the beak and the short tail.

Compared to a reed warbler, the structure is different (longer tail, shorter wings, blunter bill), the head pattern is less obvious and the upperparts are paler/sandier. You can also just see on this picture that the tail feathers have paler tips and paler sides to the tail.

Plain Prinia is a common breeding species in the reedbeds at Mai Po, and quite easy to see there. Manchurian Reed Warbler only occurs as a migrant in small numbers and is usually very hard to see.
 

thomastam

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Really appreciated for such valuable info. Have a nice day!

I agree that this is a
Plain Prinia, it looks like a juvenile, judging by the yellow flanges on the beak and the short tail.

Compared to a reed warbler, the structure is different (longer tail, shorter wings, blunter bill), the head pattern is less obvious and the upperparts are paler/sandier. You can also just see on this picture that the tail feathers have paler tips and paler sides to the tail.

Plain Prinia is a common breeding species in the reedbeds at Mai Po, and quite easy to see there. Manchurian Reed Warbler only occurs as a migrant in small numbers and is usually very hard to see.
 

johnjemi

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Plain Prinia ID

I agree that this is a Plain Prinia, it looks like a juvenile, judging by the yellow flanges on the beak and the short tail.

Compared to a reed warbler, the structure is different (longer tail, shorter wings, blunter bill), the head pattern is less obvious and the upperparts are paler/sandier. You can also just see on this picture that the tail feathers have paler tips and paler sides to the tail.

Plain Prinia is a common breeding species in the reedbeds at Mai Po, and quite easy to see there. Manchurian Reed Warbler only occurs as a migrant in small numbers and is usually very hard to see.

Thanks, John_A ! Helpful and informative as usual.
 
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