Dead Bird Quiz: balmy south edition

4 01 2013

Some wings for you all, as well as “just bones advanced challenge”:

Bird A has a wing chord of about 21cm, and was found by John and Wendy Stanton in North Carolina last month. Bird B, “Bonesey” to you, is what it is. Jerry Golub, whose New Jersey beach was obliterated by Hurricane Sandy is now wintering in Florida and found this partial skeleton there. He reports that the long bone was about a foot long. Believe it or not, it is possible to make a species identification from this, so give it a go, my dear readers!

Bird A: upper wing.

Bird A: upper wing.

Bird A: underside of wings

Bird A: underside of wings

Bird B: The bones of Florida.

Bird B: The bones of Florida.

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4 01 2013
Wouter van Gestel

Great, a new dead bird (parts) challenge!
Bird A: American Coot (Fulica americana), because of the rounded shape, long tertials and black colour with white-tipped secondaries.
Bird B is indeed ID-able, becausee there are only two families of birds with a clavicle that is fused with the sternum. Because of the shape and location, I would say: Brown Pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis)

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