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sbiswas.geo

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A white throat, supercilium and orange uppertail - all point to Grey Bushchat female. A Pied Bushchat is overall more dusky, with more black on uppertail. I see no reason to suspect a mixed lineage here and I am not aware of any such hybrids either. Their breeding ranges do not overlap at all. Grey Bushchats are more abundant in north and central India in winter than distribution maps show, particularly from Haryana to Madhya Pradesh. Rajasthan is a known wintering destination for the species.
 
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Txiku

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A white throat, supercilium and orange uppertail - all point to Grey Bushchat female. A Pied Bushchat is overall more dusky, with more black on uppertail. I see no reason to suspect a mixed lineage here and I am not aware of any such hybrids either. Their breeding ranges do not overlap at all. Grey Bushchats are more abundant in north and central India in winter than distribution maps show, particularly from Haryana to Madhya Pradesh. Mount Abu is a known wintering location for the species.

A known wintering location for the species - not so sure. Has it been recorded in Abu before?
If it is a Grey Bushchat, then it is apparently the first record for Mt. Abu.
Although, I think I have seen this bird in the same area before but never gave it any attention because I never expected a grey here - well out of its range.
The two experienced birders I was with immediately called out Grey Bushchat.
In the same area, sat a male Siberian Stonechat going about his business. Got me thinking. However, the two other birders are pretty sure this is a grey.
 

sbiswas.geo

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A known wintering location for the species - not so sure. Has it been recorded in Abu before?
If it is a Grey Bushchat, then it is apparently the first record for Mt. Abu.
Although, I think I have seen this bird in the same area before but never gave it any attention because I never expected a grey here - well out of its range.
The two experienced birders I was with immediately called out Grey Bushchat.
In the same area, sat a male Siberian Stonechat going about his business. Got me thinking. However, the two other birders are pretty sure this is a grey.
Were you with Puja?
 

sbiswas.geo

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Sorry, my bad. I meant to write Rajasthan but wrote Mt Abu instead. Yes, there are plenty of previous records from that state but you may not find those on eBird. Here's some social media posts for reference:

https://flic.kr/p/RJUTp2
 

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