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Shrike: Magpie (African Longtailed) Shrike

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Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??

Unread postby mountainview » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:12 pm

Most definitely a shrike and of course the tail is diagnostic of a Magpie Shrike.
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Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??

Unread postby Skyjuggler » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:34 pm

I have to agree. If I'd seen the tail alone I would have said Magpie Shrike.

I took the image and "shopped" the levels a bit, if you look closely there is the smallest hint of the white on the primary coverts. I think possibly just the angle made it appear all black.

Did you by any chance hear it call Gregor :whistle: ? If you did, can you put it down in writing...? Thats the clincher...

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Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:20 am

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Not just yet...just for fun :twisted: Taken near Lower Sabie.

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Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??

Unread postby Gregor » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:37 pm

Guys!!! Now I am really confused!!!
You must all agree that this one looks a lot different from my picture!
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Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??

Unread postby Skyjuggler » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:52 pm

Long-Tailed Drongo??? :huh:

Although I have to admit that pic planted a good deal of uncertainty, I stand my my initial comments...

Besides, Lizet's pic looks the same... from a distance... on a good day... in the right light... if you squint :?

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Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:07 pm

Sorry guys didn't see this one coming...
On this individual we can see that the white is visible on the scapulars, flight feathers and rump... none of these parts are visible when looking at the bird from straight ahead, as shown in your pic Gregor.

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Re: Shrike: Magpie (African Longtailed) Shrike

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:46 pm

Pic taken in the Sirheni area.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:10 pm

I'm a bit confused about this one. I thought it's a Pin-tailed Whydah, but the colour of the bill is irritating me :hmz: I saw the bird near Satara in KNP four weeks ago.
Could anybody please tell me if I'm right with PTW?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:34 pm

Hi F C,

Your bird is a Magpie Shrike (old name African Lontailed Shrike).

Larger than PTW, black, not red bill, and black, not white underparts.

Nice photo.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:42 pm

Thank you Barcud :thumbs_up: I didn't look at the shrikes because I didn't know there is one with such a long tail. I also thought the bird was bigger than a Whydah.
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:05 pm

oh dear :whistle:

had a bit of a moment here:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:11 pm

:hmz: MM, do you really not know what these birds are?!?

This is a longtailed shrike — and very nice to have captured it in flight 8)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:17 pm

I have posted a couple of raptors and LBJ's. That is out of my comfort zone.
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Re: Shrike: Magpie (African Longtailed) Shrike

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:02 pm

Took the following picture of the Magpie Shrike close to Afsaal picnic spot. This is not the best of shots, but hey, I can tick this one the list now. :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jay Knight » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:33 pm

Here are a few more that I am struggling with:

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Are these Magpie Shrikes? They seem to have more white on them than the rest of Magpies. I saw them near Sweni

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Any help would be massively appreciated! Thanks in advance


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