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Based on Wikipedia, “A lowlife is a time period for an individual who is taken into account morally unacceptable by their group”. The native Nanhui shrikes are properly conscious that the phrase “lowlife” has an owl hidden inside, and mark the looks of owls of their territory with harsh protests.
Even when they give the impression of being as charming as this Northern Boobook. Properly, they primarily feed on birds, which can clarify their low reputation.
Clearly, it’s a very lame joke to state that Nanhui nowadays has the fallacious type of cranes. Sadly, it’s true although.
Happily, Oriental Magpies have a strong humorousness and thus are usually not too offended by my substandard puns.
And for the third month in a row: Oriental Dollarbird. Be happy to insert your individual joke concerning the current power of the US greenback right here. Too troublesome for me.
Additionally already proven final month however price displaying once more: Siberian Thrush.
The male (juvenile) …
… and the feminine.
For the White-throated Rock Thrush, Wikipedia offers the marginally puzzling assertion “The fowl’s inhabitants is unknown, however just isn’t growing or declining.” Hm. We have no idea something, however we all know it isn’t altering? Anyway, here’s a feminine.
Certainly, there was only one at that spot, and the quantity was not growing nor lowering.
The male is well acknowledged by the attribute white throat spot that gave the fowl its identify. Not.
eBird states that “small white patch on throat just isn’t apparent and troublesome to see”.
They usually use a photograph that I submitted as principal illustration, so that they should be proper.
Notice to self: If I’m ever reincarnated as a Widespread Kestrel, I would like to ensure to not have my picture taken whereas preening. It simply seems to be silly.
There appears to be some confusion concerning the classification of the Black-capped Kingfisher – throughout the identical paragraph, the HBW claims that it’s labeled as Susceptible and as Least Concern. Birdlife Worldwide appears to substantiate its standing as Susceptible: “Though this species has a particularly massive vary and certain exceeds 10,000 mature people, the inhabitants development seems to be lowering with occupancy and reporting charge developments suggesting speedy declines throughout the previous three generations; primarily because of intensive riparian administration. Because of this, the species is evaluated as Susceptible.”
Whereas I’m typically not keen on leaf warblers because of their infuriating behavior of being just about indistinguishable (ever heard about individuality, fowl?), the Sulphur-breasted Warbler will get some bonus factors as it’s “readily distinguished from most different leaf warblers in vary by vivid coloration” (eBird).
The Rufous-tailed Robin was known as Swinhoe’s Robin however apparently, any person determined that there have been already too many fowl species (6, based on the HBW) named after him.
The scientific literature on the Japanese Sparrowhawk (right here, a feminine) is a bit puzzling. On the one hand, the HBW states that the sparrowhawk often feeds on “medium-sized birds, e.g. Azure-winged Magpies”. Alternatively, a paper states that the Azure-winged Magpie “nests in affiliation with Japanese lesser sparrowhawks to be able to scale back nest predation whereas paying few prices”, additional explaining that “Observations of pure nests confirmed that magpies didn’t defend their nests when nesting near a hawk, and that hawks not often preyed on magpies”. Possibly for as soon as, additional analysis is certainly wanted …
One thing else that this sparrowhawk preys on is juvenile Pink-flanked Bluetails, as described in a paper.
The Pink-flanked Bluetail can also be the topic of an in any other case comparatively unremarkable paper, but it surely makes use of the attention-grabbing time period “autumn weight problems”.
Possibly this Marsh Sandpiper additionally suffers from autumn weight problems?
The Eurasian Passion was one other notable raptor of the month. I used to play Subbuteo as a child … a type of tip-kick soccer sport that was named after this species (apparently, the inventors first needed to call the sport “Passion” however that was rejected as too generic, or so the story goes).
Gray-faced Buzzards go by way of Shanghai in autumn.
Belief scientists to show the plain once more – Gray-faced Buzzards select their migration routes by geography and wind, as proven in a paper aptly titled “Raptor migration in an oceanic flyway: wind and geography form the migratory route of grey-faced buzzards in East Asia”. Sadly, this disproves my principle that migration routes of this species are principally chosen to incorporate scenic spots.
In distinction to their grey-faced kinfolk, Japanese Buzzards are usually not unusual in Shanghai in winter.
October in Shanghai additionally implies that the Daurian Redstarts are again. They had been missed.
After all, it’s exhausting to withstand a paper titled “Host persona predicts cuckoo egg rejection in Daurian redstarts”. Mainly, the persona of a feminine redstart (daring or shy) predicts the responses to parasitic eggs – daring hosts usually tend to reject parasitic eggs.
A German politician lately made some headlines for suggesting utilizing a washcloth as a substitute of having a shower to be able to save vitality. Seemingly impressed by this, I noticed a feminine Daurian Redstart bathing not by dipping into the water however somewhat by flapping round some leaves that had been moist from the early morning dew. A curious sight.
And for the final time this yr: the Blue-and-white Flycatcher. Although admittedly, I solely present this picture to cite the road of a Gary Larson cartoon: “The Bluebird of Happiness lengthy absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Rooster of Despair.” No, I do probably not know why that is humorous, both, however I’m satisfied it’s.
Competing with the juvenile flycatcher within the “who can have the nicest gentle blue colour” is the Verditer Flycatcher. Additionally a juvenile, I believe.
This Amur Stonechat should have learn its eBird entry that it’s “present in all kinds of open landscapes, usually sitting on uncovered perches”. Although it’s most likely not more than happy with the outline as a “chunky little fowl”.
Chinese language fowl names are typically pretty descriptive – why the Gentle-vented Bulbul is known as Bai tou bei (white-headed Bulbul) is a thriller to me although. Sure, there may be some white, but in addition plenty of black …
The Black-naped Oriole suffers from an abundance of subspecies – 20 are presently acknowledged, based on the HBW. It appears those I bought respectable pictures of are all juveniles – it typically appears to be simpler to get pictures of juveniles as they haven’t fairly realized to keep away from people.
Based on the HBW, the identify of the Mugimaki Flycatcher combines the Japanese phrases mugi (wheat, barley) and maki (sowing) – apparently, “in Japan this flycatcher is seen primarily within the autumn when the farmers sow wheat and barley”. I believe I might most likely give you a extra attention-grabbing clarification – perhaps subsequent time I get some pictures of the species …
In a study probably sponsored by the town of Chengde, China, researchers in contrast the well being and particle matter in Eurasian Tree Sparrows in Shijiazhuang, a comparatively polluted metropolis in China, and Chengde, a much less polluted one. And sure, sparrows in areas with polluted air are much less wholesome. Thank god that this doesn’t apply to people.
Individuals apparently catch and eat Yellow-breasted Buntings as a result of they assume its meat has aphrodisiac properties (source), which results in it being categorized as Critically Endangered. Generally being a member of the human race feels very embarrassing.
Regardless of “Elegant” not being the identify of a slave-owning naturalist, the fowl beforehand known as Elegant Bunting bought renamed and is now known as the Yellow-throated Bunting. The Latin species identify, nevertheless, continues to be elegans. And it’s nonetheless justified.
Do you’ve got issues getting good sleep when synthetic lighting is on? You might be glad to listen to that Chestnut Buntings even have a problem with this. Based on a study performed with this species, “synthetic gentle primarily delayed sleep onset, diminished sleep length and elevated frequency of awakenings”.
The frequent identify for White’s Thrush amongst Shanghai birders is hu ban di dong, or Tiger stripe thrush (the official identify is Huai shi hu dong, with the primary two syllables presumably being a translation of the “White’s” into pinyin). Not a nasty identify and an excellent cause to indicate this species once more.
With regard to the Gray-backed Thrush, “additional analysis ought to deal with identification of nest predators, implications of nest publicity and begging calls on nesting success, and breeding habitat necessities at completely different spatial and temporal scales of Gray-backed Thrush in fragmented landscapes of northeast China.” Say Daqing Zhou, Chunfa Zhou, Xiangkun Kong, and Wenhong Deng, the 4 authors of a paper on the species. Properly.
The Pale Thrush is the invisible workplace employee among the many thrushes passing Shanghai nowadays. Fairly a couple of of them additionally winter in Shanghai, perhaps working in temp jobs.
Given the detest many Chinese language have for all issues Japanese, it isn’t shocking that the Chinese language identify of the Japanese Thrush is “Wu hui dong”, Black gray thrush, somewhat than Japanese Thrush.
For these males who satisfaction themselves on being good karaoke singers, it could be pleasing to listen to that amongst male Japanese Thrushes, males breeding with two females tended to have extra varied trills than monogamous male breeders (source).
I do know I’ve quoted it earlier than, however right here it’s once more – a line from Alan Energy’s “Prodigal Son“:
“It didn’t take a lot so that you can fall below my spell
However up till then you definitely’d by no means seen karaoke sung properly”
When given a alternative of a mating accomplice, Japanese Quail of each sexes desire a primary cousin of the other intercourse (source). Sounds a bit like inbreeding to me, however the fowl I noticed had just one head, so it needs to be okay.
They’ll additionally study phonetic classes (source).
They’re additionally raised commercially for meat and eggs, as described in that beacon of ornithological data, the World’s Poultry Science Journal.
The Latin identify of the Bull-headed Shrike is bucephalus, which apparently means big-headed or bull-headed, somewhat than being named after Alexander’s horse Bucephalus (which had been my guess).
Male Brownish-flanked Bush Warblers with a higher repertoire of songs are in a position to maintain their territory longer than these with smaller repertoires (source). Once I was nonetheless taking part in guitar, my repertoire was somewhat small. Makes me surprise.
Additionally, it doesn’t appear to be fairly clear what the proper identify is for the fowl – “brown-flanked” or “brownish-flanked”? Brownish appears to match actuality a bit higher (I believe) however the HBW goes for “brown-flanked” regardless of describing the fowl as having “brownish-olive flanks” (and including a somewhat unflattering general description as “a medium-sized bush-warbler with an undistinguished face sample”.
I’m stunned there are – not less than to my data – no plush toys representing Dunlins. They appear to be good for that function.
And if advertising and marketing individuals had been then requested to give you a premium model of the Dunlin, the consequence would most likely be the Curlew Sandpiper. Including to the exclusivity of the premium model is the truth that the species is assessed as Close to Threatened.
These two species have downturned payments – the Pied Avocet prefers the opposite route. How is that for a pointless hyperlink between species? Possibly I ought to have caught with the basic Monty Python “And now for one thing utterly completely different” …
Whereas Black Drongos normally feed through the daytime, some have apparently shifted their working hours to make use of electrical gentle which attracts bugs (source). Not this one although.
Lastly, one other Oriental Scops Owl made a late expertise – too late to be featured in my weblog submit on that species, however I don’t want a cause to indicate a couple of extra pictures of this fowl.