Re: what bird is that? (SEQ)

Subject: Re: what bird is that? (SEQ)
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 10:51:36 +1000
Dear Judith et al,

Both Square-tailed Kite and an immature Black-breasted Buzzard have a
'beautiful reddish' colour - and there are a number of other raptors
(including Brown Goshawk) that appear reddish.

Your bird may have been a Red Goshawk, but it may easily have been
something else! A general rule with birds is that 'common birds occur
commonly'. (The Red
Goshawk is very rare.)

So unless you have a very good descriptive report (a photo always
helps), or that you have an experienced observer, I'd be extremely
hesitant about giving your bird a exact name. (A god way to clarify this
would be to find the bird again.)



 > A raptor described by a non-birding bush-dweller as a 'beautiful
 > reddish' colour, that came in to (try to) take his chickens.
 > The bush he owns includes a bird-rich streamside corridor.
>  What bird of this colour in this area and habitat could carry
 > a chicken?

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