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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:31 pm 
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At first I'd thought that these might be goldenbreasted buntings. I'm now quite sure that they are not, but I haven't a clue what they are. Nothing in my field guide (Roberts) looks at all like these birdies ..... Perhaps they're juveniles of something? :hmz: :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Roberts does fail you in regards to showing a decent example of non-breeding, males of the whydahs, in your case: LT Paradise Whydah, arks.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, Johan! :gflower:
Johan van Rensburg wrote:
Roberts does fail you in regards to showing a decent example of non-breeding, males of the whydahs, in your case: LT Paradise Whydah, arks.

Yes Roberts wasn't at all helpful, but now I've also taken a look in my old Newman's, which does have some illustrations for nonbreeding and "transitional" birds.

From what I see in my Newman's, I'm guessing that this must be a "transitional" male LTPW?

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He was a very busy little bird and I watched him -- and took lots of pix, since I'd NO clue what he might be, only that he was "unusual" :lol: -- for quite some time.

But I'm wondering about these females seen with him, since from the illustrations in my Newman's, the LTPW females should have a dark bill ... so I've no clue what these might be?

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Someone else's females (the shaft-tailed whydah females have pink/red bills)? Or redbilled quelea? Very confusing! :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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These are also non-breeding males... Just RBQs; their females have ochre coloured bills.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks yet again! Interesting (and confusing!) variations indeed. :thumbs_up:

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