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7 hours ago, jak2002003 said:

I am in Chiang Mai.

 

Maybe not the snipe

as they were really tiny things, and their wing beats were really fast and sounded almost like a bumblebee.  I am sure they were quails.... but no idea what species.

 

What kind of quails do we get here in Thailand?  

 

Had a look on the net... hard to find info on Chinese Painted Quail distribution but found this from Thailand....

http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=131&Bird_Image_ID=62381

Smallest in your area (and some extremely localized) are Blue-breasted Quail, Japanese Quail and Rain Quail. Also...

Small...Barred...Yellow-legged Buttonquail. (3 sp) 

 

Other species of quail and partridge up there but considerably larger. 

 

It's possible that Chinese Painted Q (King Q) and Blue-breasted Q are the same species or subspecies. If so, then yes...possible. More looking into this ASAP. 

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Managed to get a BIF of a White-throated Kingfisher-hope you like it        

Talking of colourful but common birds, I managed to get this photo about right of a White-throated Kingfisher. Rarely seen near water, happy hunting in fields etc.

Obviously not in my garden, but in Kaeng Krachana NP last week. Also saw a lot of Grey Wagtails which are among the earliest of the winter visitors reminding me that it's time to keep my eyes open in

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Skeptic, this may help (attached). It's the updated 2018 Thai checklist. 

 

Jak, it may be just a case of "common name" vs. Scientific name confusion. 

 

That photo from Oriental Bird List is from Bang Pra Non-hunting Area just down the road from me and I bird there from time to time and is the only place I have - I think - seen Blue-breasted Quail but have yet to get a good enough look or photo to put it down for sure. (It was a female so harder to tell)

 

All the books I use - Round and Robson - refer to it as Blue-breasted Quail (common) or Coturnix Chinensis (scientific) yet the updated checklist has the scientific name as Excalfactoria chinensis.

 

It is possible you may have this species occur up where you are, but kind of impossible to make a definitive call based on the description. One thing you could do is go back and try and listen for - or even better , record - calls and make comparisons there. Though a good photo would be best. 

 

Good luck. 

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Hoping this doesn't muddle it up further, but seems to be another extreme case of lumping and splitting over the years. Regardless...based on the info below, it can be reasonably deduced that a subspecies of this quail is found in northern Thailand...despite disagreements in Common, as well as, Scientific names. The 2018 version of "Clements/eBird Checklist of Birds of the World" (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) does not even include Excalfactoria at all, which is confusing to say the least. Perhaps Excalfactoria is an addition that will show on next year's list, as it is only updated once per year, due to it's being so extensive. 

 

This from Wikipedia...

The king quail (Excalfactoria chinensis), also known as the blue-breasted quail, Asian blue quail, Chinese painted quail, or Chung-Chi, is a species of Old World quail in the family Phasianidae. This species is the smallest "true quail", ranging in the wild from southeastern Asia to Oceania with 10 different subspecies.

 

...and from some more bird specific and reputable Ornithology sources in respective order...xeno-canto (range maps clearly showing CMai), HBW, Birdlife Int'l and the latest species/subspecies breakdown from Cornell:

 

 

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3 hours ago, Skeptic7 said:

Hoping this doesn't muddle it up further, but seems to be another extreme case of lumping and splitting over the years. Regardless...based on the info below, it can be reasonably deduced that a subspecies of this quail is found in northern Thailand...despite disagreements in Common, as well as, Scientific names. The 2018 version of "Clements/eBird Checklist of Birds of the World" (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) does not even include Excalfactoria at all, which is confusing to say the least. Perhaps Excalfactoria is an addition that will show on next year's list, as it is only updated once per year, due to it's being so extensive. 

 

This from Wikipedia...

The king quail (Excalfactoria chinensis), also known as the blue-breasted quail, Asian blue quail, Chinese painted quail, or Chung-Chi, is a species of Old World quail in the family Phasianidae. This species is the smallest "true quail", ranging in the wild from southeastern Asia to Oceania with 10 different subspecies.

 

...and from some more bird specific and reputable Ornithology sources in respective order...xeno-canto (range maps clearly showing CMai), HBW, Birdlife Int'l and the latest species/subspecies breakdown from Cornell:

 

 

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Fantastic information you found!   I looked for ages, but the into was mostly very vague about their distribution... and also lots on into on the domesticated bird as a pet.

 

I have got a recording of the males call and am going to go there again in the evening (without the dogs this time) and play the recording and see any birds reply or show up.  Will keep you posted.

 

 

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ah, such a relief that this topic has started again...people and their dogs make me wanna uurgh...

 

recently there have been lotsa little fellas around with cream colored feathers and a cri-cri-cricking call...I'm wondering if they are migratory as I don't see them often, sorta finch like...

 

is there a lot of migratory activity this time of year? seems quite late...

 

 

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Yard bird of the day, yesterday, as I rarely leave the yard on NY's Eve. Black-winged Cuckooshrike. Resident in north Thailand but winter visitor to central. I get a few sightings a year, and nearly always from my yard.

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6 hours ago, tutsiwarrior said:

ah, such a relief that this topic has started again...people and their dogs make me wanna uurgh...

 

recently there have been lotsa little fellas around with cream colored feathers and a cri-cri-cricking call...I'm wondering if they are migratory as I don't see them often, sorta finch like...

 

is there a lot of migratory activity this time of year? seems quite late...

 

 

There are a lot of winter visitors around between September and April, but that doesn't mean that what you are seeing are necessarily winter visitors. Can you get a photo? Even a phone photo can go a long way towards an ID. 

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17 minutes ago, tutsiwarrior said:

hard to get photos as most sightings are outside my kitchen window that overlooks undeveloped land (back end of a shop house) but I'll keep it in mind and see what I can do...

Plain Prinia?

 

They tend to like areas with long grass.

 

http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=2042&Bird_Image_ID=37212&Bird_Family_ID=&p=48

 

Where are you in Thailand?

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9 minutes ago, Briggsy said:

Plain Prinia?

 

They tend to like areas with long grass.

 

http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=2042&Bird_Image_ID=37212&Bird_Family_ID=&p=48

 

Where are you in Thailand?

 

yeah, that sorta looks like them...would need to hear the bird call which is a cric. cric. cric...plenty of long grass behind the house, a canal/klong wall collapsed and the area is perpetually flooded...tons of birds around and plenty of well fed monitor lizards...

 

I'm in the Songphinong district in south Suphanburi...

 

 

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7 minutes ago, tutsiwarrior said:

 

yeah, that sorta looks like them...would need to hear the bird call which is a cric. cric. cric...plenty of long grass behind the house, a canal/klong wall collapsed and the area is perpetually flooded...tons of birds around and plenty of well fed monitor lizards...

 

I'm in the Songphinong district in south Suphanburi...

 

 

Your call description matches Dusky Warbler, which is a winter visitor that likes wet areas such as you describe above. You can listen here. https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Phylloscopus-fuscatus

 

Click the files that list "call" rather than "song." The top one s a good example of the call. 

 

Your "finch like" description suggests Munia, but they're not exactly cream colored and don't match the call. 

 

Though it's also sometimes the case that one sees a bird and hears a call and the call can actually be from another bird in close proximity that is not being seen. 

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23 minutes ago, tutsiwarrior said:

 

yeah, that sorta looks like them...would need to hear the bird call which is a cric. cric. cric...plenty of long grass behind the house, a canal/klong wall collapsed and the area is perpetually flooded...tons of birds around and plenty of well fed monitor lizards...

 

I'm in the Songphinong district in south Suphanburi...

 

 

That would certainly be a perfect habitat for plain prinias (and for many other species!) and they are present in Suphanburi all year round. The call is repetitive. Here are some samples.

 

https://www.xeno-canto.org/explore?query=Plain+prinia

 

If you can see it through binoculars (usually when it is singing from the top of a reed or grass stalk) look for the red/orange eye and distinctive undertail pattern.

 

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/plain-prinia-inornata-beautiful-grey-bird-592636760

 

 

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5 minutes ago, AjarnNorth said:

Your call description matches Dusky Warbler, which is a winter visitor that likes wet areas such as you describe above. You can listen here. https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Phylloscopus-fuscatus

 

Click the files that list "call" rather than "song." The top one s a good example of the call. 

 

Your "finch like" description suggests Munia, but they're not exactly cream colored and don't match the call. 

 

Though it's also sometimes the case that one sees a bird and hears a call and the call can actually be from another bird in close proximity that is not being seen. 

 

yeah...the third dusky warbler listed on the xeno website sounds like it and I saw that one clearly from my bedroom window on the front terrace...and not finch like but with an extended beak and I saw it calling...cute little fellers...

 

what can anyone recommend about bird feeders? it's easy enough to hang some around, kitchen window and front terrace but what about the bird feed and etc? I got my area cleared of feral cats and etc...most of them mysteriously disappeared over a few days but one tomcat remained and now all the remaining females are pregnant again but they all remain outside of my 'perimeter'...

 

lotsa activity on the front terrace around sunrise and sometimes their nattering wakes me up...the nicest way to awake from slumber...

 

 

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outside my window......near chomtong (way to Intanon).   a young one....only seen that one time.

Miss my old camera now........ only had time for one species of bird till i settled down.

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