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Description:

This tiny bird was very very fast and highly active.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Saber
Saber 8 years ago
Taiga Flycatcher
Ficedula albicilla Taiga Flycatcher


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14 Comments

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 8 years ago

Haha, Saber.. black tail would be very black! But still, we cannot be sure. So as Liam said in a detailed way, we shall leave this for now and meantime I will observe these kind of birds more and more. :)
Thanks both of you!

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

One problem I had with the Red-breasted (Taiga) Flycatcher were the retrice feathers. The retrices on Avinash's bird are rounded, where as most Red-breasted Flycatchers have spiked retrices. Also I had thought the retrices were too pale. I also didn't see any sign of a pale nape (not always visible), but I think I can faintly make out one in the added photo. Red-breasted Flycatchers do show white on the retrice coverts (as seen in photo 2), but so do White-tailed Rubythroats (hence the name). You are well within range for both species (Red-breasted Flycatcher being the more populous species). Really, it could be either species.

Saber
Saber 8 years ago

and the tail is black ? ! :))

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 8 years ago

Added another pic (4th in series) which shows only back and tail!

Saber
Saber 8 years ago

ok cool :) !

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 8 years ago

Ahh.. so because of the persistence of three of us, I had to dig deep and what I found is .. I have both the species..! One with black tail and another without!
I will upload the only tail pic and you can see it.

So the chase continues :)

Saber
Saber 8 years ago

i think the tail is black , as u can see the first picture, u see the difference between the white bellied and dark back :) ! in tail

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 8 years ago

Taiga Flycatcher is more closer than the White Tailed! Also, solves the mystery of not observing any males. But.. one last thing Saber.. ;)

The tail is not black in my pics, but in the ID, all tails are black. I shall borrow a cam and post some more pics soon, we can additional have data then.

Saber
Saber 8 years ago

no breeding season , the male , female ,and juvenile, have the same colour ! :)

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

White-tailed was the one I was thinking of.

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 8 years ago

Never thought the posture could help us so much! Thanks Liam. I think I see them even during non winter seasons. So maybe Himalayan Rubythroat (White Tailed Rubythroat)? I am now curious as I never saw any male Rubythroats around here.. wondering if I missed them!?

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Asian Brown Flycatchers don't tend to assume the posture of the bird in question. I was thinking maybe a female Rubythroat species.

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 8 years ago

Yeah, I was thinking it was Asian Brown Flycatcher, but not sure

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

Looks like a female Old World Flycatcher species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bir...

Avinash Hindupur
Spotted by
Avinash Hindupur

Guwahati, Meghālaya, India

Spotted on Jan 26, 2012
Submitted on Jan 29, 2012

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