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Bird Watching: A little bird visited - what is this?

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 25, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9341983

I was with my camera just relaxing, when I heard the tailorbird squeaking unusually, as it does when sunbirds' visit to the shrub also coincides with theirs. But when I saw this one, I was confused. It was not a tailorbird. It was not a sunbird. A Prinia had once visited when I was watching. But this does not look the Prinia on the earlier visit. See the colour of the legs, claws on its feet also. What could this be?

The second picture shows the tailorbird trying to drive away the new visitor. Tailorbirds seem to have 'marked their territory'.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
10:37 AM

Post #9342025

One of the larger Acrocephalus warblers. The one that's common in southern India is Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus. A bit out of its normal habitat (papyrus beds), so I'd suspect it's a recently arrived winter visitor from a bit further north that hasn't found its preferred habitat yet (that's probably why you've not seen one before!).

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2012
10:39 AM

Post #9342028

PS BirdFiles doesn't have a pic of one yet and is crying out for one! http://davesgarden.com/guides/birdfiles/go/1392/

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

November 25, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9342038

Thanks Resin. Will post a couple of images soon.
Yes it is, the book lists as Indian Great Reed Warbler.

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