This week I have bird skull for you to have a go at identifying:
Any idea what it might be? This specimen is 77mm long and was found in the UK, in case that helps.
As always, you can leave your thoughts, questions and suggestions in the comments section below. Have fun!
For no good reason I wonder if it is a wader, or associated with fish.
(Either that or it’s a marsupial – look at that upper palate and those auditory bullæ!)
I think there are a couple of good reasons, you just haven’t consciously processed them yet 😉
On further consideration, the slender bill, hooked at the end, is a dead giveaway. I’m going with Hilary’s id. and hoping they don’t get Trumped.
My first thought was proving difficult to justify, it not being a bird normally associated with the UK (not in itself a problem – things get blown in) but then I remembered an early album by my favourite folk musician (Martin Carthy) and checked those. Seems to be a version found around the lonely islands.
Funnily enough, Martin Carthy is from near where I grew up. Great clue 😉
The lack of a tail gives it away for me!
If I’ve got it right, I always think these birds look like they’re sun worshiping and celebrating life as I see them standing on bouys with their wings outstretched- Latin name sounds like it was conceived by a roman with a stutter!
On second thoughts-way too small! It was shear impetuousness to jump in so quickly and water down Hilary and Palfreyman’s previous learned comments
The tailless cat! Or is it?
I’m not sure, I have to clear the puff in my mind
I meant in Latin, not in English
Does the bird sometimes wear a tight ring around its neck?
I suspect not, with a skull length of just three inches.
the pygmy version, perhaps 🙂
this relative of the albatrosses was named after the Isle of Man
in French it is “the one of the English”
Like Austin Powers said: Shaggalishious, Yeah baby!
I’m with Wouter, oh, the poor tailess cat.