Monday, October 26, 2009
Very odd sunbird sp in Katavi
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Adam Kennedy"
> Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2009 6:50 PM
Hi Neil et al.,
> > This morning I came across a very strange sunbird by our bandas here
> > in Katavi. On first impression I thought it to be just another Marico
> > that occassionally comes through but then I saw two very yellow
> > pectoral tufts (although more obvious, and seem to be "chest flashes"
> > rather than tufts). Thinking it was just an odd plumage for a common
> > species, I collected my camera and took the attached images (plus lots
> > more). On closer inspection of the images, I hope you'll agree that it
> > really is quite odd and I can't seem to ID it from my field guide.
> > To my eye, the bird was structurally similar to Marico and the photos
> > do suggest various attributes to this species, namely; blackish belly,
> > greenish-blue sheen to irridescent areas and on the chest a blue band
> > with a faint purple band emerging underneath. But even without the
> > yellow tufts, it still doesn't look quite right.
> > I have considered that it may be a male Beautiful coming into breeding
> > plumage as that species does have a yellow flash on the sides of the
> > chest but this individual showed a short tail and no central streamers
> > so I'm inclined to rule this out. Also, the combination of blue/
> > purple breast band would discard this species, would it not?
> > Has anyone encountered such a sunbird in his plumage before? Maybe
> > this bird is a hybrid (?), something like Marico/ Beautiful or
> > Marico/Variable?
> > All suggestions welcome.
> > Best,
> > Adam
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