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Mannikin, Magpie

Unread postby johnd » Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:09 pm

I'd like to find out if anyone knows of a good spot for Magpie Mannikin in the Tzaneen/Magoebaskloof area. I'm heading up there in November and this is a species that's been eluding me for a very, very, very long time! Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Magpie Mannikin, Tzaneen area

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:13 pm

johnd,

As far as I know they only have been recorded in the lowveld area(mpumalanga)Nelspuit, and then my father-in-law saw them during summer at Krugerpark Lodge close to Kruger Gate. Maybe somebody else knows about that far North?

Maybe you already know but the best place is Natal coast.

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Re: Magpie Mannikin, Tzaneen area

Unread postby monicaj » Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:11 pm

I used to see the pied Mannikin in my garden regularly. There were a group of them that would come to our feeder. Haven't seen one for +/- a year until this very morning. There was only one pied mannikin that I spotted. Could let you know if they become regular visitors again.

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Re: Magpie Mannikin, Tzaneen area

Unread postby johnd » Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:08 pm

Hi Monicaj, that's great to hear and I would really appreciate it if you could let me know, and also to reply to Lizet, I do realise that the Natal coast is the place for them in South Africa but I don't get down there often enough unfortunately. Would be great if I could get them when I'm up there as I'm going already for birding day and gona have a day or two to mess about a bit so I really appreciate your offer Monicaj.
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Re: Magpie Mannikin, Tzaneen area

Unread postby Skopsie » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:56 pm

Hi johnd

I am living in Tzaneen and use to see them during the winter every day at my feeder. Since the last week or three they are not that regular, although I saw them on Monday.

I am more than willing to help you to see them. We have to see what the situation is closer to the time.

Some proof at my feeder!!

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Re: Mannikin, Magpie

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:01 pm

Skopsie, I see now there is a Red-backed Mannikin in your pic! - if I am not mistaken! The others look like Bronze winged!
This pic I took last year near Crocodile Bridge & I think it to be a Red Backed Mannikin?
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Re: Mannikin, Magpie

Unread postby Dabchick » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:09 am

I agree with you Bobbi :thumbs_up:

Your's is a redbacked mannikin, and the birds in Skopsie's pic is 1 redbacked (leftmost) and 2 bronze mannikins. (I'm making my ID of bronze as opposed to magpie mannikin on the bi-coloured bills...)

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Re: Mannikin, Magpie

Unread postby Ladybirder » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:15 am

I agree Red-backed and Bronze Mannikin The bronze has a bicoloured bill Like the one on the left

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Re: Mannikin, Magpie

Unread postby Skopsie » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:46 pm

Hi Dabchick and Ladybirder

The Mannikin on the left is a Red-backed, the one in the middle is a Magpie and the one on the right is a Bronze Mannikin.

The Magpie is noticeably larger than the other two, the pied appearance, the broad bars on the white under parts and the heavy bill are all features that distinguish it from the Bronze Mannikin.

There is quite a large population of Magpie Mannikins in and around Tzaneen.

Another point of interest: I see in the Commemorative Edition of Newman’s field guide, they refer to the Red-Backs as a Black-and-White Mannikin. Anyone with more information on this?
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