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 Post subject: Identification: Burchell's starling
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:33 pm 
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Hi all,

I am almost sure that the animal in the photo is a Burchell's Starling (seen in Afsaal), but the photograph does not show quite clearly yhe dark region around the eye... Do you have some other opinion?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification: Burchell's starling
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:04 am 
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Hi Charbel. Burchell's Starling is the only dark-eyed glossy starling that occurs at Afsaal. It also has a much longer tail and is bigger than the Cape Glossy & Greater Blue-eared Starlings. The closest lookalike in the area is Meve's Starling, but that bird is much more slender and only occurs in the far north of Kruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification: Burchell's starling
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:21 pm 
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So, definitely Burchell's starling. Thanks!


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