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blue up
24th Apr 2013, 12:20
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j279/foggythomas/72185_10151651205711584_1305077839_n_zps280b80af.jpg (http://s82.photobucket.com/user/foggythomas/media/72185_10151651205711584_1305077839_n_zps280b80af.jpg.html)

This little thing turned up in a shipping container that my cousin has to process through Customs into the UK. The shipment came from Aus but nobody remembers where it was from originally.
Problem for my cousin is that she has to get the species of bird down on the paperwork so that Customs can be certain it isn't a protected species, a task that is holding up onwards shipment.

Anyone got an idea as to what it is? Beak isn't very Pigeon-esque and also not very Bird-of-Prey. Fern leaves made me think NZ rather than European.

Major bonus points if I can appear to be smarter than her!:ok:

Ancient Mariner
24th Apr 2013, 12:43
An invisible eagle?

24th Apr 2013, 12:44
Can't see squat!:ugh:

Lightning Mate
24th Apr 2013, 12:46
blue up,

Are you using Photobucket?

A A Gruntpuddock
24th Apr 2013, 12:46
"Major bonus points if I can appear to be smarter than her!"

Err...... not looking too good so far!

24th Apr 2013, 12:48
It's a red cross-bill

At least, Bill, that's what I think

24th Apr 2013, 12:50
Err, your description doesn't give us much to go on - most birds have beaks however describing it as not like something or other isn't particularly helpful. I think what I'm saying is can we see a photo of it?

Not promising anything mind - I'm not exactly au fait with antipodean avians - I do know that flying isn't a big thing for some species.

24th Apr 2013, 13:03
Evanelpus, don't you mean squab? :p

24th Apr 2013, 13:20
Evanelpus, don't you mean squab?

Very good, far too cerebral for some though, methinks;)

Sailor Vee
24th Apr 2013, 13:47
The BSB? Blank Square Bird.

blue up
24th Apr 2013, 13:51
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j279/foggythomas/72185_10151651205711584_1305077839_n_zps280b80af.jpg (http://s82.photobucket.com/user/foggythomas/media/72185_10151651205711584_1305077839_n_zps280b80af.jpg.html)

Better picture?

This one taken with the lens cap off, Ahem! :rolleyes:

DX Wombat
24th Apr 2013, 13:53
It's a Thingummywotsit Eagle-Sparrow, extremely rare and subject to CITES regulations. :ok:

24th Apr 2013, 13:58
No, it's got to be a Norwegian Blue.

24th Apr 2013, 13:59
Tastes like chicken :E

Adam Nams
24th Apr 2013, 14:01
Beautiful plumage, the Norwegian Blue...

tony draper
24th Apr 2013, 14:02
From Australia? doesn't it have a long number tattooed about its person somewhere? or a metal collar round its ankle.

24th Apr 2013, 14:04
Blue up - I would tentatively suggest it's a member of the Finch family from NZ. I'm sure you'll find it on the "Critically Endangered Bird Species" list .... :(

Critically Endangered birds - ARKive (http://www.arkive.org/explore/species/birds/critically-endangered)

24th Apr 2013, 14:11
I wish to register a complaint - I came here in good faith expecting to be asked to identify a living bird, when its evident for all to see that said bird is, to coin a scientific phrase, pushing up the daisies. Indeed, the only chance that bird will fly again is if it is shipped airfreight.

24th Apr 2013, 14:15
dead pan:

I thought the same thing when I looked at the picture of the bird: it looks stuffed. Literally and figuratively.

24th Apr 2013, 14:18
Other than agreeing that it's a Finch I'm no help either.

Try asking in BirdForum - The Net's Largest Birding Community, Dedicated To Wild Birds (http://www.birdforum.net/forum.php) . They have lots of furriners in there.

24th Apr 2013, 14:37
It's a Oomagoolie bird.

Known for it's very short legs. Every time it lands it cries "Oomagoolies!"

24th Apr 2013, 15:05
RSPB experts looked at it and thought it was a broad-billed roller but now everyone agrees that it is a dollarbird.

Hope this is what you need.

blue up
24th Apr 2013, 15:55
Top of the class! Well done and thankyou. :ok:

PS Vulcanised. Had a look at that website but couldn't find a section for "Things wot I have recently shot and stuffed"

24th Apr 2013, 15:57
......what is the very pissed off looking little bird in the background left side? Poor thing being totally ignored.

The Ancient Mariner

24th Apr 2013, 16:13
......what is the very pissed off looking little bird in the background left side? Poor thing being totally ignored.
I think that's a Bushlark. (Possibly Horsefield's).

24th Apr 2013, 16:15
That's the lesser spotted bridesmaid finch,

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24th Apr 2013, 16:21
Akro wrote:

I think that's a Bushlark

George W or George H W ??? :}:}:}:}

25th Apr 2013, 04:49
Eurystomas orientalis. Dollar bird.

25th Apr 2013, 06:11
Popular in South Africa.

25th Apr 2013, 07:41
Gosh, it looks like a serious answer may have accidentally crept in here, almost unnoticed:

Eurystomas orientalis. Dollar bird.


Eurystomas orientalis - Dollarbird Photo Gallery by Jonathan Cheah Weng Kwong at pbase.com (http://www.pbase.com/wkcheah/dollarbird)