Flightless Bird Query.

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Flightless Bird Query.

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 16 Oct 2017, 2:30pm

Hi,
Seen a bird several times now always in the same place, it looks like a cross between a buzzard a pheasant and walks like a chicken :lol:
I pass it in the lane which is single track but it just walks around me when I pass.
Its a similar size to a buzzard but leaner similar colours maybe a bit lighter and has very long tail feathers, moves its head like a chicken, and no attempt to fly off :? Not a hooked bill either, more a pheasant type body but bigger and bird of prey coloured.

I reckon its an escaped bird.

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby thirdcrank » 16 Oct 2017, 2:33pm

Partridge? They can fly but tend not to do much of it.

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby Grarea » 16 Oct 2017, 2:37pm

I am interested in this too.
I think that I have come across the same thing.

I feel that I am sure that I know what it is in the back of my head.
But, boy I can't think what it is.
Mine was near a farm each time.

I was in the van.
When I got out to try and move them on, they are pretty reluctant.

Not a partridge, but kind of acts similar.
Kind of reminds me of this:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/gre ... ifehistory
(Sort of)

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby jgurney » 16 Oct 2017, 2:39pm

Could it be a peahen? They are much less distinctive than the peacocks.

Image of one: https://us.123rf.com/450wm/goldika/gold ... .jpg?ver=6

They can fly well enough to get over fences, up trees, etc, so they do sometimes escape.

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 16 Oct 2017, 2:42pm

Hi,
Partridge looks to pudding like.
This bird is the colours of a bird of prey light colourer, dark brown white and grey.
Very long tail feathers, sleeker body than that of bird of prey and more the stature of a pheasant but bigger, does not sit upright like bird of prey.

Walks and runs but that's it, disappeared in to hole in hedge.

Will attempt to photo next out in week or when I next see it.

Edited- its body is sleek, and appears even not to have room for wings :?
Edited again-
Long tail feathers but not fan type, same length as body.
All over colour is same, not speckled but more lined, grey white some dark brown.
Walks like a chicken and acts like one.
Body is sleeker than a pheasant not so pear drop.
Body looks longer too.
Had a gander on the net and nothing yet.
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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby Mick F » 16 Oct 2017, 4:32pm

Pea hen.
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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby al_yrpal » 16 Oct 2017, 5:12pm

Could it be a Great Bustard? They bred some on Salisbury Plain?

https://goo.gl/images/iq9Ys0

They can fly

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby Si » 16 Oct 2017, 5:51pm

Walks and runs but that's it, disappeared in to hole in hedge


was it followed by a coyote?

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby Grarea » 16 Oct 2017, 5:58pm

Mine had me chasing them along the lane clapping my hands.
Never thought of myself as a coyote.

They were pretty unafraid of a van, even when I beeped.

When I was encouraging them along, one stopped and started running at me for a bit!

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby Mick F » 16 Oct 2017, 6:09pm

Pea Hen.

This was Mrs P on our roof at dusk a couple of years ago.
Her and her friends live down the road.
Mrs P at dusk.jpg
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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby Grarea » 16 Oct 2017, 6:12pm

Nice.
Don't know if mine is the same as Natural Ankling, but it was more like a skinny brown chicken.

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby mnichols » 16 Oct 2017, 6:28pm

The Great Bustards have spread into Somerset now

They can fly, but I'm guessing that due to their size they would prefer not to - it would take a lot of energy to get off the ground

My other thought would be female, or juvenile pheasant

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby Mick F » 16 Oct 2017, 6:31pm

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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 16 Oct 2017, 7:01pm

Hi,
I have had a god look online.
This is as close as I can get, colour is good, no plume, but its lower not so upright.
Tail is horizontal.
I would say that the bird is as long as a mans forearm with fingers.
Walks and runs like a chicken with head movements, silent too.
Edited- would of thought that a fox would of had it by now.
Need to get a photo, its slow enough, I f on foot it would probably just scarper, bikes are good for wildlife.
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Re: Flightless Bird Query.

Postby al_yrpal » 16 Oct 2017, 7:17pm

Little bustard then...

https://goo.gl/images/Dm2BPL

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