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Taiga flycatcher / Red-throated flycatcher - Chiang Rai, Thailand yesterday (1 Viewer)


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Dear Members and bird watchers!

The bird on the attached picture has a little red under the bill and thus I have ID the bird as a Taiga flycatcher.

In the progress of ID the bird I have seen both birds with grey chest and red chest. Maybe this is a juvenile?

Am I right with my ID of the bird?

Kind regards and happy birding

Edit: Header might give the impression that Taiga and Red is two different birds, it is two different names for the same bird


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Grahame Walbridge

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Aladdin, your bird is indeed a male Taiga Flycatcher which is in active pre-breeding moult. This moult is partial and includes feathers of head, throat and breast. Some young birds also moult tail feathers. Ageing the bird requires close examination of the greater wing coverts for evidence of a moult limit. As a rule, juvenile feathers have a weaker structure; more worn, browner with frayed tips and, many (less worn) retain pale tips. There are no pale tips visible on the OP so, in order to confirm the age, would require closer scrutiny in the hand.


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