Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Green Barbet, Stactolaema olivacea, photographed at Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dan Logen, 10 January 2010 [larger view].

Nikon D300, 200-400 VR lens at 400 mm., ISO 800, 1/640 sec, f/7.1.

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

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 carel
    July 10, 2010

    Because of the dark crown and eye, unmarked face, and the location, I’ll guess that this bird’s name suggests Mad magazine, even though it’s a species I’m completely unfamiliar with.

  2. #2 Murray
    July 10, 2010

    Where, oh where, are psweet and P. Moulton when you need them?!

  3. #3 Murray
    July 10, 2010

    Where, oh where, are psweet and P. Moulton when you need them?!

  4. #4 Adrian
    July 10, 2010

    Will I do instead, Murray?
    Sounds like Ken’s offspring with a certain plastic girl.
    And the colour of envy, I think.

  5. #5 psweet
    July 11, 2010

    Sorry, Murray, African passerines are way outside my area.

  6. #6 Murray
    July 11, 2010

    All help cheerfully and gratefully accepted Adrian, and since we seem to have many puzzles from Tanzania, it’s your DUTY to help us out! Anyway, thanks for the clues — didn’t know that Ken and Barbie had an “offspring” but “green” is the color of jealousy. N.B. to Carel: “suggests Mad magazine” — maybe, in what way? All help, etc.

  7. #7 Adrian
    July 11, 2010

    Nearly there Murray, what is a small Barbie? (like a small cigar).

  8. #8 carel
    July 11, 2010

    I believe my initial guess was wrong and that Adrian’s ID is the correct one.

  9. #9 Murray
    July 11, 2010

    A small Barbie is a: chiquita, Barbinetta, Barbinelle, Barbinette– a small cigar is a cigarillo–I’ve looked high and low for a greenish-winged warbler (do I have the wrong family?)–could you give me any more clues . . . the spirit is willing…(maybe what the bird is eating?)

  10. #10 Adrian
    July 12, 2010

    I was thinking more of the French “ette” than the Spanish. As in cigarette and “Barbiette”. Does this help, Murray?

  11. #11 Adrian
    July 12, 2010

    Sorry Carel, as a Brit I didn’t understand your Mad Mag reference (still don’t) so assumed you were on the same lines.

  12. #12 Murray
    July 12, 2010

    It most certainly DID, Adrian, and I should have just scanned the indices looking for “Green” ! I not only had the wrong family, but the wrong order!! I started out by looking at the jays but got discouraged … my search system leaves a lot to be desired. Thanks–I never would have gotten there by myself.

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