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Reed Bunting ID, Iran (1 Viewer)

ehsan

Ehsan Talebi
Photographed this Reed Bunting yesterday in the north of Iran. Can it be a pallidior subspecies of Common Reed Bunting? In the field I thought maybe it can be Pallas's Reed Bunting but I think the bill shape rules that out.
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KenM

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ehsan hi,
I’m wondering if your Reed Bunting image might relate to Emberiza schoeniclus ssp caspia ?

Cheers
 

Grahame Walbridge

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ehsan hi,
I’m wondering if your Reed Bunting image might relate to Emberiza schoeniclus ssp caspia ?

Cheers
Common Reed Bunting Eshan, one of the thin billed races.

No Ken, caspia which reaches W. Iran in winter is one of the thick billed races.
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/2...1.1830260848.1610791608-1351674767.1609754812

Identification to ssp. level is far from straightforward and may not be possible even in the hand. There is only one image and not the best quality but your bird looks rather pale with reduced/absent flank and rump streaking which eliminates nominate schoeniclus so, regular and widespread wintering passerina perhaps the most likely option https://birds.kz/v2taxbest.php?s=569&l=en since pallidor is a vagrant.

Grahame

 

KenM

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Common Reed Bunting Eshan, one of the thin billed races.

No Ken, caspia which reaches W. Iran in winter is one of the thick billed races.
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/2...1.1830260848.1610791608-1351674767.1609754812

Identification to ssp. level is far from straightforward and may not be possible even in the hand. There is only one image and not the best quality but your bird looks rather pale with reduced/absent flank and rump streaking which eliminates nominate schoeniclus so, regular and widespread wintering passerina perhaps the most likely option https://birds.kz/v2taxbest.php?s=569&l=en since pallidor is a vagrant.

Grahame

Cheers Grahame. 👍
 

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