Thanks to everybody who participated in this challenge
We had 9 participants for challenge #4 of 2015 and the results are as follows:
Two ‘mites had 3/5;
Two ‘mites had 4/5; and
Five ‘mites had 5/5
Great score by everyone and I can see that everybody is learning fast
Here are the answers for this week. I have included some ID pointers for future reference as well as linked each bird to the index as further reference at the bottom of the post:
#1 Cardinal Woodpecker [ 9 ] Ad male:
Forehead to mid-crown medium brown, hind crown and nape red; malar stripe blackish-brown. Lores, supercilium, ear coverts and throat white to greyish white, sparsely and finely streaked dark brown behind eye, on ear coverts and throat. Upper parts barred with alternating bands of blackish brown and white; tinged yellow or olive on rump and upper tail coverts. Tail brown with yellowish barring; shafts golden yellow. Underparts greyish white, thickly and densely streaked brownish black, tending to bars on lower flanks. Legs and feet greyish black.
#2 Brown-crowned Tchagra [ 8 ] Ad:
Forehead, crown and nape brown. Supercilium white, bordered above by thin black line (diagnostic). Lores black, colour extending as eye stripe well behind eye. Sides of face and ear coverts brown. Back tawny brown. Rump and upper tail coverts greyish brown. Tail black, rectrices with broad white tips, width increasing outwards. Chin whitish buff. Throat to belly pale tawny, breast and flanks tinged greyish. Bill black. Eyes brown or purple-brown, with pale inner rim. Legs and feet grey.
#3 Sugarbird Cape. [ 7 ] Ad:
Sexes alike in plumage coloration, male with much longer tail. Forehead straw-coloured, indistinctly streaked blackish. Crown blackish brown, feathers edged buff; nape blackish brown. Lores and ear coverts brownish. Malar stripe brown, bordered above by white stripe. Hind neck to mantle brown, blotched blackish. Back olive-brown, with diffuse black streaking. Rump and upper tail coverts yellowish olive green. Tail greyish, blackening distally. Chin and throat white to off-white. Upper and mid-breast brown, feather tips buffy, crescent-shaped. Lower breast and belly whitish or greyish white, with bold black and brown streaking, densest on sides. Flanks buff, heavily streaked dark brown. Undertail coverts bright yellow. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black.
#4 Ruff. [ 7 ] Ad non-br:
Upper parts brownish grey and dully scaled. Dark feather centres have pale grey to grey-brown fringes and off-white tips, often with subterminal black dots on scapulars and tertials. Feathers at base of bill frequently white. Lateral upper tail coverts white, centre brownish black, tail dark grey, feathers narrowly bordered white. Upper wing coverts grey. Face to breast pale grey, feathers broadly fringed white; remainder of underparts white. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet shades of yellow, pink, orange, vermilion or brown, sometimes with green or brown spots or patches.
#5 Fairy Flycatcher [ 8 ] Ad:
Crown to rump uniform dark, soft, blue-grey, very subtly tinged olive. Lores, ear coverts and cheeks black (forming mask); bordered above by narrow white supercilia that meet on frons, and below by white malar stripe. Narrow white line ca 3 mm long borders lower eyelid. Rump appears white when flank plumes overlie rump feathers. Upper tail coverts bluish black. Tail glossy black. Belly whitish, centre of belly creamy white, feathers with striking pink bases, not always clearly visible. Vent and undertail coverts whitish. Bill black, slender; rictal bristles present. Eyes dark sepia-brown. Legs and feet black.Read more about:
1. Cardinal Woodpecker
2. Brown-crowned Tchagra
3. Sugarbird Cape.
5. Fairy Flycatcher.