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2 Species ID Suggestions

Northern Wheatear
Oenanthe oenanthe
Isabelline Wheatear
Oenanthe isabellina


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6 Comments

LennyWorthington
LennyWorthington 7 years ago

I have seen Northern Wheatear on a beach in Goa. And an Isabelline in a tesco carpark in britain. So you see maps are not always correct.

Lenny, asking other people about spotting IDs is one the roles of this site. Please be courteous with other users. It would be useful to know why you think this is not an Isabelline Wheatear.
As a matter of fact the quoted book shows only 3 Indian records of Northern Wheatear, all in the extreme North west so nowhere near the location of this spotting. It also states that this is a vagrant passage migrant and the date it was seen is not during migration time.
On the other hand the Isabelline Wheatear has a wintering range whose southern border is close to where this bird was seen and 4 records in the area it was seen. As per the same book, the Northern Wheatear has blackish centres to wing-coverts and tertials, which this bird does not have. The white on the sides of the tail on Northern Wheatears extends much closer to the tail tip than it does on this bird.
For me this is an Isabelline Wheatear.

LennyWorthington
LennyWorthington 7 years ago

If you go with Isabeline you will be wrong.
Get yourself a decent field guide and you wont need other people to tell you what you are looking at.
http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Guide-Birds...
This book is by British birders.Cant go wrong.Best in the world.

Milind Bodas
Milind Bodas 7 years ago

Thanks Desmond, Joshua, Karan and Lenny for having a look at the image.
Its not a mountain plover because I found it in a part of western India. Its neither pipit or wagtail.

Now about Isabelline Wheatear and Northern Wheatear, I am confused. Both look similar. But after reading description in Wikipedia, my inclination is towards Isabelline Wheatear.

More information would help.

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

It's probably a wagtail or pipit.

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

It looks like a mountain plover, but it doesn't have the black crown... So i'm not sure.

Milind Bodas
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Milind Bodas

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Dec 18, 2014
Submitted on Dec 20, 2014

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