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Unidentified & Mystery Birds
Even a seasoned birdwatcher can fail to identify correctly some species or other. There are also times when a good photograph is also not enough particularly when taken in an unfamiliar area. There are also variations in plumage caused by differences in race and even mutations that can confuse the expert. This gallery shows some of those species photographed by Tony Tilford and still unidentified. I make no excuse for my ignorance but would be pleased for any suggestions as to what the birds may be. Please e-mail me.
Biak Discoveries?  
When Tony Tilford visited to Biak Island in October 2004 and April 2005, he provided yet more evidence that there is still much to discover in the natural world. What may be two new previously unrecognised bird species were located in the rainforest close to the village of Sepse in the east of the island. Only time will tell if this is the case but it calls for a lot more research on this very interesting isolated island in Papua, Indonesia.

The mystery fantail that looks remarkably like a Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) may be an aberrant plumage of one of the other species known to be present in the region, either the Friendly Fantail (Rhipidura albolimbata) or Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris).
What first appears to be a Golden Monarch (Monarcha chrysomela) may indeed be another species altogether. It certainly lacks the black chin and bib but otherwise is very similar. This small bird resides high in the tree canopy and is not easy to identify and could therefore have been previously overlooked. There are suggestions that it could be Monarcha [chrysomela] kordensis, a taxon that definitely merits treatment at allospecies level.

If anyone has any suggestions as to what either may be, please get in contact.
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Unidentified Fantail photographed in Biak Island October 2004
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Unidentified Flycatcher photographed in Biak Island April 2005
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