What tkind of Finch?

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BajanAlan
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What tkind of Finch?

Darwin

Araminta
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That's a hard one Alan. It looks a lot like the juvenile Gouldian Finch to me. What do you think? Young ones are always difficult, unless you have seen them with their parents beforeindecision

M-L

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I think it could be a Chestnut-Breasted Mannikin or Yellow -Rumped mannikin,its very young makes positive ID difficult

BajanAlan
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How do yo guys know it is young?

Araminta
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I’m with sparrow , (changed my mind on it), after looking at a different book. The Simpson&Day has a picture of the juvenile Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. Well done sparrow, think you are spot onyes

Alan, if you have a look at very young birds like this one, they don’t have the adult feathers yet. They look all fluffy in their down. (is that what it’s called?)

M-L

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White in the corner of beak ,short tail,feather shape and colour ,the beak shape and face markings point to Mannikin ,but its just a educated guess and I could still be wrong (I bred finces and small parrots for many years but would still have to see it myself to be sure)

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I believe a juvenile Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, it just looks young, for IDing I focused on the lines under the eyes, Pizzey & Knight show those lines on both CBM and Pictorella Mannikin but the PM has red legs.                                                                                   This is the best pic I have of adult & young CBM 

Peter

BajanAlan
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Wow u guys are good!

pacman
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did you see him along the road to the boat club?

and have you seen Chestnut-breasted Manikin there previously?

Peter

BajanAlan
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Hi Peter yes and yes.

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