Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor, photographed in Swakopmund, Namibia, Africa [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dennis Paulson, April 2007 [larger view].

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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  1. #1 Lia
    June 28, 2009

    Well, this is just based off of a quick search with the help of Google, but I’ll hazard it’s a Lesser Flamingo. Fieldmarks: African location and the bill much more black than the Greater Flamingo.

  2. #2 Richard Simons
    June 28, 2009

    I once spent a day helping count them (and greater flamingos) at the salt evaporation pans at nearby Walvis Bay. The far side of the pans was just a shimmer in the heat haze and the individual groups were moving around all the time. IIRC we estimated 25,000 lesser and 40,000 greaters, relatively small numbers.

  3. #3 Phoenix
    June 28, 2009

    Yep its def the Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Minor).

    1. Black/Red beak Pattern
    2. Wing Plumage
    3. Location

  4. #4 blf
    June 28, 2009

    An ostrich at a costume party. You can tell it’s an ostrich ‘cuz it’s looking for some sand to stick it’s head into. And it must be at a costume party ‘cuz it don’t look like no ostrich (‘cept for being tall and fat, with a long neck).

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