Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Irania, also known as the White-throated Robin, Irania gutturalis, photographed at Nyumba ya Mungu Reservoir, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dan Logen, 14 January 2010 [larger view].

Nikon D300, 600 mm VR lens. ISO 500 1/400 sec, f/6.3.

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

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Comments

  1. #1 carel
    July 11, 2010

    The dark eye rules out last week’s genus. The light eye ring and lores, rather short bill and uniform coloring suggest to me Plath’s less interesting poems.

  2. #2 Adrian
    July 11, 2010

    I think this one has beaten me. There are birds with white throats, white eyerings, brownish ear coverts and black tails. I just cannot find or think of one with all these. The bill suggests either a Greenbul, Chat or Flycatcher. I can’t solve Carel’s clue either. Help.

  3. #3 Dan Logen
    July 12, 2010

    Clue: it is a female.

  4. #4 blf
    July 12, 2010

    The post @4 by “evden eve nakliyat” is some fecking Turkish spam.

  5. #5 "GrrlScientist"
    July 12, 2010

    yeah, i caught that little rat turd. (spam is what i get for going to sleep at night, alas.)

    although, you might be amused to realize that #4 refers to your own comment, now …

  6. #6 Adrian
    July 12, 2010

    Sorry Dan, still lost. I guessed it was a female but have you tried to find pictures of them? Yours must be the only pic of a African female bird in existence. The nearest I can get is Pale-breasted Illadopsis, but I guess that’s way out. Have looked up Sylvia Plath but still can’t get the clue, Carel.

  7. #7 Dan Logen
    July 13, 2010

    I’m not much into poetry or literature, but reading about Sylvia Plath has been fascinating. I found several of her poem titles which suggest birds, and decided that was not the way in which Carel was meaning, as none of them suggest this bird. Some of her titles: “Goatsucker”, “Owl” “Pheasant” “Go get the goodly Squab” “The Shrike”

    Another clue: The name of this bird contains the name of a mid-Eastern country.

  8. #8 Adrian
    July 13, 2010

    Got it, the country would be a repressive Islamic one, thanks for the clue Dan. I’ve only seen the more colourful male. A frontal shot of this bird would have given it away immediately. I said it might be a Chat.

  9. #9 carel
    July 13, 2010

    On the wrong track, I guessed it was a Garden Warbler – Sylvia borin.

  10. #10 Adrian
    July 14, 2010

    I had followed the Sylvia part of the clue, Carel, and borin’ would describe Garden perfectly, clever that.
    AS Grrl hasn’t updated yet, can I name it as White-throated Robin? or Irania, (Irania gutteralis). A big thanks to Dan for the clues, I missed this one completely.

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