Identification and fascinating taxonomy
I will try to say this simply. I think we looked at some of Terry’s images before. Some may be new. They illustrate the issue. These are normally seen as 4 separate specs.
It would be a twitcher’s dream to se ALL FOUR SPECIES in Britain. They are East Asian megas! Well BOOM! I have seen 3 of the 4. I didn’t get for the Dusky Thrush. Hey.
Are they four separate specs? Birds showing the full set of characters seem ok? Sure. They might not be sure at all- indeed every time they might not be sure. That’s OK.
A bird that looks like a Dusky Thrush might be a Red-throated Thrush X Naumann’s with tad of Dusky.
Truth man. Truth.
Something amazing and complex goes on. Why? So they can survive.
What you see… is NOT what you get. how to go birding? Love it. Enjoy it. Hold it lightly.
What if Hooded Crows are entirely black in some areas and some Carion Crows are pied in plumage in others areas… but are still essentially Carrion Crows- adapting to survive.
and then … thsi type seems less common. A male with blackish feathers intersperssed in the red breast patch. Seemingly a visible indication of what is going on underneath. But bear in mind the bird above may be even less ‘pure’.
So ABOVE- pure looking
Below. not so PURE LOOKING
if the is ‘Red-throated Thrush’ in this Naumann’s?
Naumann’s looking all wrong 🙂
Sooo – this one demonstrates some of the issues:
I don’t know the details, but this bird seemed to have for a large part the DNA-signature of a Naumann’s Thrush. Major point of discussion was that there was plenty of orangy/reddish going on in e.g. the wing and tail of this bird: