August 30th, 2009, 03:54 PM
ID help please
My garden is near woods and I've just seen a small flock of birds a bit bigger than sparrows. They were olive green with a prominent red/orange flash on the wing, and some red on the head. Their beaks were quite large and bright orange. The tails were forked. They were quite noisy keeping up a constant chatter. First they were well hidden in thick honeysuckle and later in very tall cherry laurel. I could not identify them from any of my bird books or using the Surfbirds ID method. Any ideas please?
August 30th, 2009, 05:40 PM
August 30th, 2009, 06:06 PM
No, the birds were too large and darker green. (Definitely not a greenfinch by the way) What was striking was the red flash on a darker green/olive/brown wing and a similar coloured flash on the head. As I said the beak was bright orange. Actually, I wonder if they are escaped cage birds. How I wish I had managed to take a photo.
August 30th, 2009, 06:16 PM
August 30th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Paris region - about 16 miles NW of Paris. Village near forest.
I did get a photo of it after all, but it isn't very clear. It has orange under the chin as well.
Last edited by Veero; August 30th, 2009 at 06:52 PM.
August 30th, 2009, 06:54 PM
Message to the moderator. I'm sorry if this photo causes you problems as I haven't worked out how to add the pic as a thumbnail. I posted it here using Photobucket.
August 30th, 2009, 07:33 PM
ID help please
? Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) also known as Pekin Robin: a popular cage bird in the Far East.
August 30th, 2009, 07:46 PM
August 31st, 2009, 12:16 AM
Agree with Red-billed Leiothrix (French, Léiothrix jaune: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9iothrix_jaune )
August 31st, 2009, 06:26 AM
Thanks so much everyone. Your identification has helped me find out that the léothrix jaune has been seen in the woods near me. (Forêt de Montmorency)
I think there were five of them in my garden, some probably juveniles. I hope to see them again.