Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yellow-bellied Greenbul ID

From: "Mark Johnson"

>> Hi Neil,
>> Please could you give us a hand identifying this bird?
>> Cheers,
>> Mark

Hi Mark
> Looks like a young  to me. That split eye ring might be diagnostic.
pale gape and pale iris also suggest a young bird, can't see the tips of the
tail but this is surely a juvenile rather than an immature. Lack of colour
(yellow) on underparts also suggests a very young bird.

  Are adults quite common with you ? in the coastal lowlands this bird is
characteristic of forest and thicket, "up country" it occurs in quite dry
  bush (prefers the thicker stuff) and further west in riverine thicket in the Miombo belt.
> See map.
> Neil

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