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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby hilda » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby francoisd » Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:24 pm

Those small brown birds so many of us battle to identify, affectionately named Little Brown Jobs or LBJs for short by birders, can really be a pain especially if you want to increase the bird sightings list of your last trip.

Use this area to post photos of those LBJs you find difficult to identify and maybe some of the forum members might be able to be of assistance.

Remember only LBJs here. If you need a raptor identified go here and for all other birds you can go here.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:44 pm

Another perplexting cisticola :hmz: Could this one be a rufouswinged cisitcola? Or possibly a neddicky? Seen in central KNP in mid-November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Ladybirder » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:15 pm

Looks like a Rattling Cisticola to me

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:07 pm

Thanks Ladybirder :gflower:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:14 am

Another LBJ that I'm having difficuties with. Is this perhaps a pale flycatcher or (more likely?) an ashy flycatcher? :hmz: Seen in the tree over my bungalow (#95) at Skukuza in mid-November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:38 am

It looks good for Ashy
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:11 pm

:thumbs_up: Thanks Johan!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby maretam » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:15 am

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Please confirm the ID for me. Pretty sure it is a spike-heeled lark but not yet comfortable enough to tick it off. We saw this bird on our farm on top of a koppie in the Eastern Freestate close to Vrede. At first thought it was an eastern long-billed lark with the longish bill but this bird had a very scalloped back which is why we then thought spike-heeled. I know they usually occur in groups but because of the long grass we could not see the other birds - although there were others around including red-capped larks which we could id.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:56 am

Hi there, you are spot on with Spike Heeled Lark. The white throat and rufous belly is a good indicator. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:42 pm

I'm thinking that these two birds are both rattling cisticolas, but I'm not 100% certain :hmz: Both seen along the S128 near Lower Sabie in mid-November 2014 (on a very overcast day).

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Ladybirder » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:28 pm

Yes they do look like Rattling Cistcilas to me too :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:42 pm

Thanks for confirming, Ladybirder :gflower:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:36 am

I've been puzzling over these little birds :wall: but now am thinking that they may all be either female or nonbreeding male yellowrumped widows? Seen along Darling Hills Road in late November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby jaytea » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:02 am

Hi
Just wanting to confirm my ids - Taken in KNP November near Olifants

Sabota lark?

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Rufus naped lark?
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