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 Post subject: Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:12 pm 
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Most definitely a shrike and of course the tail is diagnostic of a Magpie Shrike.

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 Post subject: Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:34 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??
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Not just yet...just for fun :twisted: Taken near Lower Sabie.


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

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 Post subject: Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??
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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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 Post subject: Re: longtailed shrike or whydah??
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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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 Post subject: Re: Shrike: Magpie (African Longtailed) Shrike
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:46 pm 
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Pic taken in the Sirheni area.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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oh dear :whistle:

had a bit of a moment here:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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: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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I have posted a couple of raptors and LBJ's. That is out of my comfort zone.

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 Post subject: Re: Shrike: Magpie (African Longtailed) Shrike
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Here are a few more that I am struggling with:

Number 7

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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