Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Moult of the past

Last Sunday I visited in the Tel-Aviv University, Museum Zoological. My main goal was to obtain moult data from passerine skins preserved in their collection. It was very interesting and productive. Most interesting was to check several species that are very hard to trap. For each species I found many different individuals collected in different seasons.  This is very difficult to achieve in live birds. Most skins I checked were collected many years before I was born. See below some interesting examples.

White-throated Robin, adult male

Arabian Warbler

Striolated Bunting, male and female

Hooded Weatear, adult and juvenile