Mystery bird: lesser masked weaver, Ploceus intermedius | @GrrlScientist

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 12:00 in Paleontology & Archaeology

This Ethiopian mystery bird will be challenging to identify because it is part of a group of bird species that closely resemble each other (includes video) Lesser masked weaver, Ploceus intermedius, Rüppell, 1845, photographed somewhere between Nazret and Awash in central Ethiopia (Africa). Image: Dan Logen, 27 January 2011 (with permission, for GrrlScientist/Guardian use only) [velociraptorise]. Nikon D300s, 600 mm lens with 1.4 extender, f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400. Question: This Ethiopian mystery bird will be challenging to identify because it is part of a group of bird species that closely resemble each other. However, that said, this bird's relatives are fairly easy to recognise, and this particular species has a field mark that is unique amongst its Ethiopian relatives, a field mark that is visible in this photograph. What field mark is that? Can you identify this bird's taxonomic family and species?Response: This is...

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