Friday mystery object #106


Last week’s bird was so popular I thought I’d give you another to identify this week. It’s a bit harder than last week’s Kookaburra and I’ll be very impressed indeed if anyone gets it to species, but I’m sure many of you will manage to identify it to family level.

I will  be teaching young folk about skulls and mermaids at Camp Quest in Somerset this Friday, so I might not get a chance to respond to comments, although I’ll do my best.

Good luck!

21 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #106

  1. Looks like a member of the Charadriidae family (plovers, dotterels, lapwings). No clue given as to its geographical distribution, so I’m going to restrict my guesses to Europe. It’s quite large and has a prominent rear-facing fourth toe, which narrows it down to just a few possibilities including the Grey Plover, White-Tailed Plover and Sociable Plover. But the most likely seems to be the Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).

    • The unifying thread is about identification methods. Our mermaid at the Horniman wasn’t properly identified, so we did some research into its construction and reassessed past identifications that suggested it was made of monkey sewn onto a fish. The teeth were a dead give-away.

  2. I have no idea what kind of a bird that could be, but I think that it’s a very funny thing to deal with such a kind question! =) Good luck to all of you who are still trying!

  3. I looked up lapwing on skullsite.com and it could be. The bird skull I have that looks most like it is a woodpigeon but the legs are too long. PS. Happy birthday for last week !

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