Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

One of the most spec­tac­u­lar look­ing waders in full breed­ing plumage, by the au­tumn, most birds in the UK will be ju­ve­niles, quite un­like their in­fin­itely vari­able par­ents. Ju­ve­nile Ruffs are neatly pat­terned birds in­fused with warm peachy buff. Con­cen­trate on struc­ture for ID: Ruffs, es­pe­cially males, look small-headed, long-necked and pot-bel­lied. Fe­males (reeves) are much smaller and more con­ven­tion­ally pro­por­tioned, caus­ing po­ten­tial con­fu­sion with many other medium-sized waders.

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