Bird ID Tips – Streptopelia Doves (Ring-necked Dove, Red-eyed Dove and allies)

Apart from the Firefinches in our first Bird ID Tips post, another group of birds that Kenya Bird Map observers tend to confuse often is doves of the genus Streptopelia;¬†especially the Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola and Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata. These two are quite similar in appearance and occur together in many areas so it's … Continue reading Bird ID Tips – Streptopelia Doves (Ring-necked Dove, Red-eyed Dove and allies)

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Bird ID Tips – African Firefinch vs. Red-billed Firefinch

The most important part of collecting data for the Kenya Bird Map is being able to correctly identify the birds that you see. Correct bird ID is crucial because submitting records of mis-identified birds causes the bird map data to be inaccurate and therefore unreliable. For this purpose, we have decided to begin a Bird … Continue reading Bird ID Tips – African Firefinch vs. Red-billed Firefinch

List of Alternate Bird Names in BirdLasser – a guide to minimize confusion among bird mappers in Kenya

BirdLasser¬†is a great tool for recording and submitting observations of birds to the Kenya Bird Map project. However, with 3 taxonomy options (Howard and Moore; Clements; and IOC) available in the Regions and Languages settings, some bird names are bound to differ depending on the taxonomy you are using. After testing out all 3 of … Continue reading List of Alternate Bird Names in BirdLasser – a guide to minimize confusion among bird mappers in Kenya