Friday mystery object #163


I have another bird skull for you to identify this week – sorry if all the bird skulls are getting repetitive, but that’s what I’ve been working on!

This specimen had no identification and had me stumped for a little while, but I now think I’ve worked out what it might be and I’d appreciate your input to see if you agree:

As usual, you can put comments, questions and suggestions below and I’ll do my best to respond. Enjoy!

21 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #163

  1. It’s hard to be cryptic with this one! Total guess here, but the first thing I thought of was a pretty seabird with a forked tail, small in name, medium in size, epic in travels…

    • I thought it might be a Tern at first glance, but then realised it’s lacking a key diagnostic feature. Nice to see you’re following the same lines of inductive enquiry as I did though!

  2. Bit late on the posting today but I think this type of bird may have featured in a number of Walter Lanz American cartoons of the 40s. The character initials were WW and he had an irritating little song which he would sing from time to time.

    More scientifically, I notice from the dorsal view of the skull that there is a broad strip coming from the back of the cranium towards the base of the bill. This sort of backs up my opinion because this type of bird is known to have a very long tongue reaching right round the cranium and rooted at the upper base of the bill. The skull seems to me to be too big to be a British species so I’d lean towards a larger European species, perhaps D******** m******.

    • Ric, thanks for pointing out the broad strip. The tongue is ridiculous. I like this game because it gets me looking at so many different animals that I seldom come in contact with.

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