Friday, 26 November 2010

Toot, toot! (Not)

Local opinion is that these birds are non-tooting Northern Bullfinch, apparently pileata has never been recorded with any certainty in Orkney.


AndyC said...

is the latest opinion the Northern Bullfinch dont toot but Trumpeter Northerns do..??ie there are thought to be 3 species.??

Alastair said...

Not species Andy (and sorry for the delay replying, the snow is causing me grief at work) but subspecies / forms. There is considerable disagreement about tooters. Constantine and Mullarny reckon that they are standard nominate jobs but Lee Evans and others think they have a more eastern origin; I'm with Lee on this one, they could feasibly be cassini.