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India, Rajahstan: Warbler and Prinia ID help (1 Viewer)

ugolino

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Dear all,
I am confused with this Prinia taken in April in Rajahstan a few years ago. Ist it a Jungle Prinia ?
Ditto with this warbler, but I am completely dry with clues .... any idea ?
Thoughts are welcome. Many thanks in advance, ugolino
 

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Seth Miller

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I would agree with Jungle Prinia, since it seems to have the dark malar spot that they often have.
The warbler is in the Sylvia genus. Not 100% sure, but I think its a 1st winter Eastern Orphean Warbler.

edit: I hadn't seen Andrew's post before I posted. Lesser Whitethroat was my other option for the warbler. Could you explain why it is that, rather than what I thought. I'd love to learn. :)
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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I would agree with Jungle Prinia, since it seems to have the dark malar spot that they often have.
The warbler is in the Sylvia genus. Not 100% sure, but I think its a 1st winter Eastern Orphean Warbler.

edit: I hadn't seen Andrew's post before I posted. Lesser Whitethroat was my other option for the warbler. Could you explain why it is that, rather than what I thought. I'd love to learn. :)

Sometimes Orphean and Lesser Whitethroat are tricky in photos where the size difference is less obvious. To me this bird looks very dainty though (partly why I suggested minula) and the bill is quite thin. Orphean is a heavier billed and 'rangier' looking bird.
 

Larry Sweetland

Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
I'd also consider Rufous-fronted for the prinia(?).

Agree with Lesser Whitethroat (s)sp. Location would be helpful for both perhaps. For the Lesser Whitethroat, minula is I think only likely in desert areas in the far west of the state, with taxa still within Lesser Whitethroat more likely in general.
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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I'd also consider Rufous-fronted for the prinia(?).

Agree with Lesser Whitethroat (s)sp. Location would be helpful for both perhaps. For the Lesser Whitethroat, minula is I think only likely in desert areas in the far west of the state, with taxa still within Lesser Whitethroat more likely in general.

I think it could easily be something like halimodendri - at least if that's likely in the area. It's maybe not sandy enough for minula.
 

ugolino

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Many thanks to all. Another photo of the Prinia, in case this helps sort out the issue of "Jungle" or "Rufous-fronted.
Ugolino
 

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