A unique sombre greenbul

A unique sombre greenbul

I go bird ringing as often as I can. For those of you that don’t know what bird ringing is… keep a look out for my next post. The reason I am pre-empting that post… is that I just found out a little paper was published from my ringing endeavours. In mid-April I was out ringing, when I caught a sombre greenbul. I began processing it and then I suddenly did a double take. There was something seriously odd about this bird.

I normally make copious notes on plumage and eye color for various reasons and in this case, it’s eyes were completely different. Having caught a lot of these birds myself, I knew it was not normal. It looked like a completely different bird when photographed from each side. After posting the picture on Facebook and emailing the head of the ringing unit, it was confirmed that this has not been reported before.

Here is a link to the article:

Every time I go out ringing something different happens and it is such a blessing to be able to contribute to science in a small way. It is truly exciting and I cannot wait to get back out there and see what nature has to show me next time. Do you have any hobbies related to the outdoors?

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