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Shikra or Besra Sri Lanka 2012 (1 Viewer)

btuliozi

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Hi everyone! So, due to the absence of international travel I sifted among old pictures and I found some birds from a Sri Lanka trip in august 2012 that I think me and the guide might have misidentified.

First up is a classic problem. We identified this bird as juvenile Besra, due to the strong gular stripe and, from the one picture where it is seen, the bands on the tail. However, ebird alerted me of a possible misidentification. It does have longish wings, that might point to a Shikra. What do you guys think? Thanks in advance!

Beniamino
 

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Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Europe
Hi Beniamino

This looks like a juvenile Shikra imo - the comparatively narrow bands on the tail (ie dark bands about half the width of the grey โ€˜spacesโ€™ better fit Shikra than Besra. The slightly longer primary projection and comparatively thicker tarsis and proportionately large feet also look better for Shikra to me. I believe we can make out the dark grey/black orbital ring too on a couple of the shots - Besra has a yellow orbital ring. (I would wait for more opinions though, I am looking on a very small screen and the images are quite dark)
 

Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Europe
(I would wait for more opinions though, I am looking on a very small screen and the images are quite dark)

In the absence of further confirmation (or contradictory opinion) since you posted yesterday, I had another look at your images on a larger screen. I believe (still!) this looks better for Shikra for the reasons stated.
 

andyb39

Well-known member
Agree with Shikra - the eye-ring does appear to be grey and although the wings don't look particularly long, the tail-bands are too narrow.
 

btuliozi

Member
Dear Deb and Andy

Thank you very much for your resolutive opinions! And sorry for not answering sooner, I was in the middle of moving house. In the meantime I also got answers from a Sri Lanka Field Ornithology group and they all agree with you, it is a Shikra. I especially appreciate the thorough description of the differences - I could find some of those things on the field guide, but other were missing. I had been confused (along with the guide, I might add) by the strong gular stripe, but the evidence you brought forward is overwhelming.

Thanks again, I really appreciate it!

My very best wishes, Beniamino
 

Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Europe
Thank you Beniamino - it is kind of you to โ€˜report backโ€™ and I am pleased you were able to get confirmation from the SLFO also!
 

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