Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery birds] Wattled Starlings, Creatophora cinerea, perched on Plains (Grant’s) Zebra, Equus quagga boehmi, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Africa. [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dan Logen, 3 August 2006 [larger view].

Nikon D2H, 200-400 VR lens at 400, ISO 200, 1/320, f/8.

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

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 David
    June 30, 2009

    Hi, they look like Wattled Starlings. The middle bird with it’s yellow face and black wattle gives it away. I guess the overall coloration is a hint as well.

  2. #2 Ian
    June 30, 2009

    Zebra finch – you can tell by the zebra underneath. Just kidding…!

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