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Id Help - Darjeeling, India - 1 (1 Viewer)


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Request id help for these birds clicked in Darjeeling in August this year.

1) Abberant bush warbler?
2) Abberant bush warbler?
3) Rufous-winged fulvetta?
4) & 5) Humes bush warbler?


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With the caveat that I have no first-hand experience of Aberrant or Hume's Bush Warblers (only seen Brownish-flanked), surely no.1 is Aberrant, with that strong loral stripe, greenish upperparts and yellow cast to the underparts. This is apparently more typical of Himalayan birds. It must be a juvenile with that much yellow on the bill, although more advanced in age than the birds in no.2.

As for nos. 4-5, I see no reason to suspect Hume's. There's quite a broad loral stripe, the crown is quite dull (concolorous with the mantle) and there are no rufous tones on the flight feathers. Again it looks a bit too yellowish on the underparts for Brownish-flanked, but I wouldn't like to say it's Aberrant with any certainty.

EDIT: Forgot to say I agree with Rufous-winged Fulvetta for no.3.
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Vyom B. Vyas

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1. and 2. are Aberrant Bush Warblers, 3. is Rufous-winged Fulvetta, and the last two are photos are of a Bush Warbler but cannot say certainly. I'd like to agree with @andyb39 If I find some conclusive identification then I'll definitely bring it up.

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