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Babbler: Arrow-marked

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:03 pm

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Not the best-looking birds, but they are surely entertaining. We have often seen them in Kruger attacking the chrome bumpers of cars.
In Marloth they have a daily feud with the “birds” that appear in the stainless steel basis outside. They are also very fond of knocking on the windows as the early morning light creates a reflection…normally when we try to sleep in :roll:

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:41 pm

Saw them in Croc Bridge in December, and of course when a few get together, you are in no doubt as to why they are babblers!
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:25 pm

Jumbo wrote:Not the best-looking birds


I thought this Satara babbler made quite a handsome picture :wink:

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Unread postby richardharris » Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:21 pm

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I think they are a very attractive bird! And one of the distinctive noises - though can be hard to tell initially from the cackling woodhoopoo. But a large flock all babbling together is fantastic!

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:24 am

And what bright blue eggs they have. I would love to know why that might be. Anyone care to do a case study on that?

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Unread postby Kingfisha » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:23 am

One of my absolute favourites! I used to get groups of them in my garden, but now with all the developments they have disappreared... :cry:

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Unread postby Andy Pay » Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:40 am

Here's one from Shimuwini last month:
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Unread postby jonty1 » Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:10 am

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Unread postby francoisd » Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:16 pm

This Arrow-marked Babbler with a deformed bill was a regular visitor to our cottage at Biyamiti. It was always in close proximity to a small party of Babblers but never seemed to mingle with them. He also appeared more tamed than the other as he ventured it quite close to us.

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Unread postby Andy Pay » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:03 pm

Looks like it has some Crossbill Loxia genes! Remarkable!
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Unread postby Pilane » Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:24 am

The Zulu's call them: "The voices of many woman"

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:12 pm

Pilane wrote:The Zulu's call them: "The voices of many woman"

I thought that was the green woodhoopoe?
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Babbler, Arrow-marked

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:13 pm

and again some birds...

Image around Shimuwini, they are two

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Unread postby arks » Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:41 pm

Interesting collection of birdies, anne-marie! :wink: I think I can help with some of them.

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Re: Babbler: Arrow-marked

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:43 am

I think they are quite striking.

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