Wednesday, September 16, 2009

That Accipiter...

Really quite unsure on the ID of this thing (seen in Suan Rot Fai this morning). Options are Shikra (resident, common), Chinese & Japanese Sparrowhawk (both passage migrants). Besra occurs in Thailand, but is unlikley in Bangkok.

Phil Round's "Birds of the Bangkok Area" states that Shikra is often outnumbered by the migrant secies during passge (now).

My feelingis that it looks good for Japanese - comments welcome!

EDIT: Phil Round commented - he reckons it's a Shikra!

Supercilium looks too long and well defined for Chinese Sparrowhawk, crown looks darker than upperparts, and gingery "shoulder" is perhaps better for Japanese...

1 comment:

kh said...

The yellow orbital ring rules out Shikra and Chinese Sparrowhawk. The thick mesial stripe points to Besra.