[Tweeters] ID help needed for raptor in Myanmar (way off topic!)

Carla Corin cw_corin at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 15 18:25:28 PST 2012

Thank you Dennis (and others who replied). After the first response suggested Lesser Kestrel we looked at the books again and thought that because of the barring on the back it was more likely a Common Kestrel. As for the size, Lenny had nothing nearby to compare it to and is also thinking back a couple of weeks. I wasn't on this trip to see it or any of the other great birds he saw!

Carla Corin
Oak Harbor, WA

Subject: Re: [Tweeters] ID help needed for raptor in Myanmar (way off topic!)
From: dennispaulson at comcast.net
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:56:38 -0800
CC: tweeters at u.washington.edu
To: cw_corin at hotmail.com

I don't know why it looked buteo size, but it's a male Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus. It is a regular winter visitor to southeast Asia.
Males vary between unmarked and finely barred tail feathers (always with black subterminal band).

On Feb 15, 2012, at 4:07 PM, Carla Corin wrote:My husband just returned from Myanmar with a few photos of birds he wasn't able to readily identify, including this hawk. Fuzzy cropped photos but you'd think with the combination of the coloration of the back and the great view of the underside of the tail it would be easy, but no such luck combing through our Robson book. Long-legged buzzard seems the closest but the tail doesn't seen right and the book shows them as being vagrants to northern Myanmar - he saw the bird in central. I hope there are some raptor experts out there who can weigh in (to my email). Anyway, here's the link to the photos on Flikr:


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