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Kathmandu Pipit 23Nov19 (1 Viewer)


Birder in Kathmandu
Hope you can help with ID of this pipit?
Yesterday, it landed on a weedy slope close to the Manohara river in Kathmandu valley. The Rasmussen/Ripley's bird guide seemed to direct me to Red-throated, because of the lack of clear supercilium and light fringes to the wingbars and primaries, but internet photos of Red-throated confused me.
There were also Rosy Pipits and Olive-backed Pipits in that area.
Thanks for any feedback,


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Grahame Walbridge

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I am leaning towards Rosy. Note in particular absence of dark centres to rump/utc's and cold (grey) tones of upperparts which are wrong for RTP. The strength of the supercilium is normally a good feature for Rosy but there is variation-see image 5 here http://bangkokcitybirding.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-lesson-in-pipit-id.html

Is this the only image? The buff-tones to the underparts are a little worrying.

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Birder in Kathmandu
Many thanks Grahame,
To be honest, I thought that I had filmed (the photo is a videograb) a Rosy Pipit after it landed, based on what I saw when it flew (I dont think I heard a call) but I started to doubt after I looked at the details and compared to bird guides and internet photos. The Bangkok City Birding post shows that our bird guides are not enough at all. So lets keep it Rosy!
Thanks, Arend
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