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« on: June 18, 2010, 10:46:41 am »

Hello.

Looking at the jizz of this bird, although it was quite far from me, I understand it is a warbler, but who of them?.

Possibly a female of common whitethroat (Sylvia communis)?

Thanks for this and sorry for the poor picture quality.

Observation at first June in Sierra de Gádor (Almería). Aprox over 1200 mtrs over sea level. Open wood of pines area.

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010, 12:03:39 pm »

Hi Jesus,

Your bird is a female Black-eared Wheatear albeit a very pale individual.

Hope this is helpful.

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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2010, 12:31:57 pm »

Many thanks for this Peter. 

By the way, is there known anything about "leucism" for these birds?.

Curiously, a couple of years ago, at the same area there was an individual of magpie that was leucistic... absolutely white, but not albine (red eyes).

Again many thanks   :)

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2010, 08:29:30 am »

Hi Jesus,

Leucism is rare in most cases, but I suspect occurs with this species. The one thing I have noted with many wheatear species is a paler plumage with age, bit like me really!! The individual in your photograph looks pale, this could be attributed to the light, over exposure or may be it is an older bird and has lost pigment?

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2010, 07:10:08 pm »

many thanks, Peter.

Also thanks about your sparrows declining answer.

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