Every so often, this competition includes something which initially defies identification. The bird depicted in plate 213, repeated here as plate 403, is one such individual, since it lacks any clear or familiar plumage features that would normally allow the observer to guess what it is, at least to family level. When faced with such birds, either you just know what it is because you have seen one


Stay at the forefront of British birding by taking out a subscription to British Birds.

Subscribe Now