Breeding Plumage of Grey-tailed Tattlers

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Subject: Breeding Plumage of Grey-tailed Tattlers
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 20:31:43 +1000
Hi Birders,

I am surprised that Crompton (doesn't he have a first name?) says that the field guides did not show that barring on the breast was part of the breeding plumage of both the Grey-tailed and the Wandering Tattler.

I checked on my trusty Slaters Field Guide and sure enough, the breeding plumage of both species is shown with barring on the breast! So does Morcombe's Field Guide. Whereas Simpson & Day, did not illustrate the barring on the breast for either species. However in the text of that Field Guide, if you know where to look, there are a few words to say that the breast is barred on birds in breeding plumage. So I can understand Compton's dilemma!

At this time of the year the breast barring in Tattlers is most obvious and beautiful.

Alan Morris

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