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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:52 pm

gatita wrote:I am not an expert but did you check rattling cisticola?

Thanks gatita :gflower: I hadn't, but I think that you are right. It would seem that the rattling cisticola is as ubiquitous in the northeast as the Levaillant's cisticola is in the southwest .... :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MarijeNL » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:14 pm

I'm a complete newbie with birds so hopefully I don't look really stupid :wink:

Is this bird a magpie shrike?
So far I can't find other pictures where they have this white speckles on the face?
Unfortunately I don't have a better picture, it wouldn't turn to the camera...
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:02 am

I'm no expert, but it certainly looks like a magpie shrike to me.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:11 pm

Correct.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby jaffles » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:07 am

Seen this bird in March in Kgalagadi. Could it be a spottet flycatcher or is it a juvenile bird?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:49 am

Looks like a juv chat flycatcher, jaffles.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby jaffles » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:19 pm

Thank you so much, Johann :gflower:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby gatita » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:35 pm

gatita wrote:could this be a mountain pipit? Seen at Golden Gate National Park 11.03.2015

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:32 pm

I'm no expert, but looking at my books, it could be on

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:18 pm

I cannot see any reason to exclude Long-billed Pipit or African Pipit from this photo.
I doubt that it is a Mountain Pipit.

Do you have more photos of the bird?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:26 pm

Hi, I took these photos of little birds far away when I was in Bloem in Feb. At first, I thought they were masked weavers of sparrows, but on closer inspection, I noticed the yellowish-coloured bills. Then I was stumped for a long time, until the current bird ID challenge. I thought they may be pin-tailed whydah females, but then I noticed the pink legs. Now I think they may shaft-tailed whydahs or perhaps red-billed queleas? Please help!

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:07 pm

Here is another photo
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby gatita » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:15 pm

from the first picture I think it could be a red-billed quelea :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby gatita » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:22 pm

wildtuinman wrote:I cannot see any reason to exclude Long-billed Pipit or African Pipit from this photo.
I doubt that it is a Mountain Pipit.

Do you have more photos of the bird?


I thought it might be one because of the elevation and it looked like it has a pink base to bill. :hmz:

here are more pictures from the front

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:42 pm

gatica, the bird does look like African pipit, but it is difficult to make a definitive call. Your pix show lots of habitat and very little of the bird... Maybe you do a bit of cropping?
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