January 30th, 2012, 05:45 PM
I need an ID
Hi, I´m a new member and have an immediate question.
I´m overwintering in Portugal and playing bowls in Vilamoura. For the last couple of weeks the greens have been visited by a flock of small brown birds that feed on the edges of the green. They are a warm shade of brown with a red/orange beak or surround with black under the tail and a buffish patch under the beak. They move around in a small flock and have a tzeet, tzeet sort of alarm call when disturbed.
I´ve searched all my books but find nothing similar, has anyone got any ideas???
January 30th, 2012, 06:45 PM
Try Zitting Cisticola (Aka Fan tailed warbler)..?
January 30th, 2012, 07:07 PM
They are probably Waxbills, Ann, a fairly common species in the Algarve, which behave just as you describe. I don;t think I;ve ever seen a flock of Zitting Cisticolas
January 30th, 2012, 07:39 PM
I agree with waxbills as the id. I've been to Vilamoura and seen waxbills on the golf courses there.
January 31st, 2012, 08:43 AM
Yes, Common Waxbill is locally numerous through much of the Algarve.
Originally Posted by Keith D
February 3rd, 2012, 09:05 AM
Many thanks folks! That´s definitely the bird - and it explains why it wasn´t in any of my Britain and Europe bird books.
There will be a lot of bowlers happy now!