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Helmet-Shrike: White-Crested (White)

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:55 am

White-Crested (White) Helmet-Shrike (a rather wet and ruffled looking one)

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:07 pm

Seen this bird, not that often mind you, from just south of the Crocodile river to just south of the Okavango where it travels from west to east.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:32 am

Saw a flock of about 7 a few weekends away just outside Punda.

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Unread postby fuzzmonkey » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:12 pm

Awesome, one of my favourite birds, I love the way they seem to float from tree to tree like butterflies. I remember seeing them frequently in the south of the park (particularly around Pretoriuskop) in the mid 90's but the last couple of times I've been I havent seen them at all, although I did see Redbilled (Retz's?) Helmetshrikes in Mopani camp which was a first for me. Has there been a decline in their numbers lately or have I just been in the right places at the wrong times?

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:52 pm

fuzzmonkey, I think you were just plain unlucky. Meinfam recently saw more than twenty together in one big bird party. Check out the thread. Go up the page about eight posts until you find the initial one posted by Meinfam.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:22 am

Still to collect one of these...Jumbo shrikes to me are an amazing family of birds...thanks for sharing this with us
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Moegaai » Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:39 pm

Hi Johan,

Good call on your sighting! :thumbs_up:

3. White-crested Helmet-Shrike (juv): The striking white markings on the black wing, white outer tail feathers and hint of grey "crest" on forecrown gives it away. The fact that the eye is dark (instead of yellow) and the eyering is only barely visible points to this being a juvenile.

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Re: Helmet-Shrike: White-Crested (White)

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:49 pm

One of a party of at least 9 birds feeding along the roadside.

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Re: Helmet-Shrike: White-Crested (White)

Unread postby Nannie » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:34 pm

No helmet coloration.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:15 pm

Thanks Barcud for the ID of the Longclaw. Here is another one, have no idea what it is :doh: This was one of 8-10 birds, all very shy and gone as soon as I stopped the car.
Also seen in KwaZuluNatal last November:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:18 pm

FC, that looks to me like a white helmet shrike.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:49 pm

Agree with Arks :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby davejenny » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:36 pm

Well actually it's a White-crested Helmet Shrike :whistle: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:18 pm

Dave, I believe that both name forms are interchangeable, it's the same bird :wink: :whistle:
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Ex-Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:42 pm

davejenny wrote:Well actually it's a White-crested Helmet Shrike :whistle: :thumbs_up:
Well, if we're gonna be pedantic, it's actually White-crested Helmet-Shrike (note the second hyphen) :whistle:

But Arks is quite right in saying that the two names are interchangeable although her white helmet shrike should really have been White Helmetshrike :tongue:
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