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This male Blackish Antbird from its core range in the central Amazonian region remains as it was, but has now lost a western subspecies to a split. Photo: Hector Bottai (

Another Amazonian cryptic species split

Another cryptic Amazonian ant-eating species has been found to conceal more species level forms - in the case one of the antbirds.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v4.12 PDF - articles

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch articles, features and stories from 2001 up to the December 2014 issue.

Juvenile Velvet Scoter (Clitheroe, Lancashire, 26 December 2009). Photo by Steve Young (

Velvet, White-winged and Stejneger's Scoters ID photo guide

There was a time when any scoter with a white wing-bar was simply a ‘Velvet’. Not any more, as what was once regarded as a single Holarctic species has been divided in two: North American birds have been split as White-winged Scoter, with an equally


RE: Marsh or Willow

Hi, The Marsh Tit has a pale mark at base of bill whereas Willow Tit it is entirely dark. Also the pale area around the cheeks and side of neck is white (or buff-white) for Willow Tit, but

White-fronted or Greylag Goose

Hi, Another identification problem - is this a White-fronted Goose or a Greylag Goose. This was taken at Abberton

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Latest News

Vulture killings in Turkey continue

Posted: 29 Jan 2015
Raptor persecution is not just a threat to endangered species in western Europe, as a series of incidents of vulture poisoning in eastern Turkey have shown this month.

Fit for winter?

Posted: 28 Jan 2015
Ongoing studies in Norway are revealing some of the secrets that help subarctic passerines survive the coldest part of the year.

Take action on World Wildlife Day

Posted: 27 Jan 2015
International conservation charity World Land Trust is marking World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2015 by appealing to the public to rise to the challenge of protecting wildlife before it is too late.

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Cormorant, Shag & Double-crested Cormorant ID Quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin Garner and friendsClosing Date: 14 Feb 2015

SCANNING Cormorants and Shags on the coastal rocks during a day’s birding, you spot an odd-looking immature bird among them. The bird on the left is an adult Shag, and this individual is almost the same size. However, its gular area is tinged prominently with orange – have you just found the second Double-crested Cormorant for Britain, or is it an unusually coloured example of a carbo or sinensis Cormorant?

Once you have digested Keith Vinicombe's info-packed ID photo guide in the February issue of Birdwatch, let us know the identity of the front bird in this photo.

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