Forum > Identifying Birds > Smaller Than A Pheasant, Bigger Than A Pigeon

Webmaster Posted 11-Mar-2016 08:36
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On behalf of Neil who sent in an email:-

This bird flew across in front of me, a little smaller than a pheasant, bigger than a pigeon. Main colours Green and Blue with Scarlet Red flashes on its wings (I think underside) Black crest on head. Spotted in Aldersbrook London E11.
Can anyone enlighten me.

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Bigc Posted 11-Mar-2016 10:15
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hi

its a sea bird ...... a Shag ..... google it

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Yo Vaux Posted 17-Mar-2016 17:50
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Definately not a Shag. I dont think its a UK/European bird, seemed more tropical, shortish yellow/orange beak. Slow wing beat sort of gliding flight. Black tufted head.

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Yo Vaux Posted 25-Mar-2016 20:19
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I have just been watching  Wild Africa on Yesterday and there it was, a Great Blue Turaco, from central and west Africa.
Checked it out online, and yes definately a Great Blue Turaco, just need to find out what it was doing there.




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