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Paddyfield pipit? Sri Lanka (March) (1 Viewer)

Jhanlon

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Found these hiding inside my folder of Blyth's pipits. The dark lores & eye-ring (& suggestion of two-toned underparts) suggest a young Paddyfield to me but I don't have much experience of them. Any large pipit experts out there care to venture an opinion?

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Grahame Walbridge

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Paddyfield.

I feel I should add some detail as my initial post was time limited. Aside from the issue of the dark loral line which is at odds with Blyth's, the crown and upper parts are too poorly marked, ear coverts too uniformly dark and the underparts (in particular breast, flanks/vent) lack warm peachy-buff tones. Regarding structural features the bill is too slim and curved-Blyth's is typically rather short and conical compared to other large pipits.

Grahame
 
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Jhanlon

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Paddyfield.

I feel I should add some detail as my initial post was time limited. Aside from the issue of the dark loral line which is at odds with Blyth's, the crown and upper parts are too poorly marked, ear coverts too uniformly dark and the underparts (in particular breast, flanks/vent) lack warm peachy-buff tones. Regarding structural features the bill is too slim and curved-Blyth's is typically rather short and conical compared to other large pipits.

Grahame

Thanks for confirming my suspicions, Grahame. Yes, I noticed too the curved culmen which seemed closer in shape to Richard's. Seems odd that I noticed none of this at the time but then again these foreign trips send you into overload with a gazillion 'lifers' and ten times that number of images to sort out! It pays to look back over your old albums!
 
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