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Common Snipe – Gallinago Gallinago

The Gallinago Gallinago is a superbly camouflaged bird, most often seen fleeing erratically after being flushed from its concealed location. This skulking bird has crytically patterned, mottled brown upperparts, with pale stripes on the back and dark streaks on the chest, and paler underparts. The sexes are alike, although the female may have a slightly…

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Eurasian Woodcock – Scolopax Rusticola

Scolopax Rusticola thick transverse bars on crown, typical for all woodcock species. Mainly rufous brown and reddish above providing good camouflage. Bill long and straight, but relatively shorter than congeners. Broad wings, in flight recalling owl. Plumage somewhat variable. Differs from very similar, possibly conspecific, S. mira in having area of whitish feathering around eye,…

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Black-Bellied Sandgrouse – Pterocles Orientalis

Pterocles Orientalis  large heavy-bodied sandgrouse with relatively short tail and rather broad wings. Combination of long and broad black belly and blackish flight feathers with white under wing-coverts diagnostic. Mainly grey head and chest of male interrupted by black and chestnut throat and terminated by bold black transverse line. Female spotted on chest and irregularly…

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Eurasian Coot – Fulica Atra

The common Coot is recognised by its snowy white bill and forehead shield. The remainder of the bird is dark sooty grey, except for its bright red eye. Immature birds are generally paler than adults with a white wash on the throat. Nestlings are downy, black with fine yellow tips. The head is orange-red and…

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Moorhen – Gallinula Chloropus

Common moorhen, ground-dwelling water bird, the striking common moorhen is among the world’s most widespread bird species, being found in many wetlands across the globe. It is easily recognised by its vivid red shield and short, yellow bill, which sits in stark contrast to dark-coloured plumage. From a distance the plump body appears bold black,…

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Purple Swamphen – Porphyrio Porphyrio

Porphyrio Porphyrio is a large rail. It is mainly dusky black above, with a broad dark blue collar, and dark blue to purple below. As the Purple Swamphen walks, it flicks its tail up and down, revealing its white undertail. The bill is red and robust, and the legs and feet orange-red. For such a…

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Water Rail – Rallus Aquaticus

Water Rails has long legs and feet, short upright tail and pot-bellied appearance identify this bird as a rail and its long, pointed, usually red bill tells you immediately which species it is. You may see just the flicking off-white undertail feathers as it scoots back into the reeds but a better view will reveal…

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Common Crane – Grus Grus

Common Cranes are rather stork-like but with big bushy tails and grey bodies; even from a great distance you’ll also see the white stripe through the black head. In flight, the long neck, held outstretched and slightly drooping makes them quite different from the herons and the grey plumage eliminates both of the storks. Their…

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Demoiselle Crane – Grus Virgo

Grus virgo is distinctly smaller and more delicately built than Crane, with rather fine and short bill and long drape of feathers over tail (not forming bushy cloak as in Crane). Plumage noticeably loose and silken, with long plumes on head, neck, and over tail; mainly grey, but with wholly slate-black foreneck and brilliant white…

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Houbara Bustard – Chlamydotis Undulata

Houbara Bustard striking bird resembling a turkey in shape, the houbara bustard is at its most magnificent during the courtship display. It is a slender bird, with a tuft of hairs in the centre of the crown, and long plumes of feathers drooping over the neck, the uppermost feathers being black while the lower ones…

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