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Eremomela: Burnt-necked Eremomela

Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:07 pm

Measurements: Length 10-11 cm; wing (37) 52,5-54,3-59; tail 38-45; tarsus 18,5-21; culmen 10-11,5. Weight (5) 7,3-8,3-9,3 g.
Bare Parts: Iris cream to light yellow; bill horn, base yellowish pink; legs and feet pinkish.
Identification: Size very small (smallest eremomela species); above dark bluish grey; below buffy white; cheeks, ear coverts and collar on throat rusty. Immature: Lacks rusty face and collar.
Voice: Very high-pitched rapidly repeated twee-twip-ti-ti-ti-ti-ti varying in tempo and dropping in pitch like callnotes of Spectacled Weaver, but higher-pitched, sometimes becoming trilled tirrrrr.
Distribution: S Africa to Angola and Malawi; in s Africa from s Namibia, n Botswana and n KwaZulu-Natal northwards.
Status: Common in N, uncommon in S; resident.
Habitat: Acacia savanna, mixed woodland, riverine thornbush.
Habits: Usually in pairs or small groups of up to 5 birds; joins mixed bird parties with other warblers, penduline tits and white-eyes. Forages off leaves and twigs in canopy of thorntrees; highly active. Poorly known.
Food: Small insects (as you can see :D )
Breeding: Season: October to April in RSA, September to April in Zimbabwe.
Nest: Cup of felted plant down bound with spider web and covered with dry leaves or insect egg capsules; 36 mm diameter, 25 mm deep; slung in fork in topmost branches of tree 3-6 m above ground.
Clutch: (6) 2-2,6-4 eggs.
Eggs: Pale greenish white, sparingly spotted with light brown; measure (12) 16 x 11,8 (14-17,3 x 10,5-12,6).
Incubation: Unrecorded.
Nestling: Unrecorded.

Alternative Names:
Afrikaans: Bruinkeelbossanger
German: Rostkehl-Eremomela
French: Erémomèle à cou roux
Indigenous: Niini(K),Timba(Sh),
Scientific Explained:
eremomela: Greek er(mia, desert or wilderness; melos, a song.
usticollis: Latin ustus, burnt or scorched (from uro, to burn); collum, the neck.
Source: Roberts 7

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:34 pm

Only seen them recently, just off the Olifants river.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:20 pm

Please help me with these

this one seen at Zebedelia in Limpopo Prov

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:42 pm

Wingman,

#3 & 4 Burnt-necked Eremomela - pale eye and throat bar

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Re: Eremomela: Burnt-necked Eremomela

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Re: Eremomela: Burnt-necked Eremomela

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:26 am

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:56 pm

hello to the fundis

I stated in my posts about a month or so ago that i always try to ID a bird before putting it on for help. Now this one is my very last from Ndumo. It was 8am in July in the riverine woods. This bird would not stand still and my camera found it difficult to focus and the light was awful. Not one shot seems to give me definitive evidence of the soecies. The beak says Crombec as does the GISS but that forked tail I can find nowehre on any small birtd with that sort of beak,

I have considered all the following: Lazy Cisticola, Apalis, Pale Flycatcher, Thrush Nightingale (a real wild stab in the dark), Eremomela. Can any fundi point me in the right direction to start looking.

My notes are:

Bill: insect eater - long, thin and sharp
Tail: Short and forked (or is it simply a fluke fork from the way it posed?)
Belly: Uniform dull greyish white (but do I see a small burnt area at the throat?)
Legs: Yellow

I hqve spent over amonth now puzzling over this one and really need some pointers, please! Can anyoneoblige?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:32 pm

Given my above LBJ - what I had not considered (thanks to fellow birder Dave pointing it out) is that there are two species of Sunbird with short beqaks but are their beaks short enough to fit the bird in the photo. What is more neither is exactly common at Ndumo or anywhere - but even so what of

Female Neergaard's Sunbird - it is in range and the overall grey-brown plumage is there. It is only the yellow legs that bother me.
Plain-backed Sunbird: it is certainly warbler like (as Roberts says). I just cannot see the conspicuous white eyebrow.

The plot thickens. Can anyone help?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:09 pm

pnm wrote: ...species of Sunbird with short beqaks? The plot thickens. Can anyone help?

Puzzled Pete


All our sunbirds have black legs, so putting paid to that notion... The forked tail can be a combined result of photographic angle and worn feathers, so I won't give that too much weight. Having said that, and having considered burnt-necked eremomela, maybe it is a feature that SHOULDN'T be disregarded! :lol:

I thought of a cisticola when I saw the pix (after initially wondering if it wasn't a long-billed crombec with a borrowed tail... :lol: ) Making a call, I'd say Neddicky comes a close second... but BNE is the winner! (Habitat and habit being spot-on as well :thumbs_up: )

I'd wait for a more expert view, though.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:50 pm

i agree with most of Johan's excellent and comprehensive answers except for Pete's mystery bird.

Burnt-necked Eremomela is an option, but i cannot rule out Grey Penduline-Tit. Tough one this.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:32 pm

wildtuinman wrote: I cannot rule out Grey Penduline-Tit. Tough one this.


The slate-grey legs (primary reason) normally asociated with GPTs and their slightly shorter tails are the reasons why I discounted GPTs. But, as you say, this is a tough one...

Let's see if we can get more experts to post ID quips on this LBJ...

Oh, yes... another reason why I don't like the GPT option is the tree this bird is in... some kind of acacia. GPTs do (uncommonly) feature in Acacia, but in general they prefer broad-leafed woodland.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:02 pm

Hello all

Thanks for the reactions to my mystery LBJ. The photos were taken on a misty morning on the dividing line between the usual bushveld of Ndumo and the riverine vegetation and trees - and I mean right on the border - the types of trees were intermingled. I must say I am really enjoying the disussion but am mightily ashamed that i didn't realise that ALL sunbirdlegs are black. See - I've learnt again from this forum and a lesson I won't forget. Thanks all! If it is a GPT then it is a new tick, if a Burnt-necked Eremomela then not. I looked at all the photos opf the Eremomela on the web that I could find and I must say it seems a good choice, but really I am too much of a movice to say for sure. I'll leave the fundis to decide. If it cannot be properly confirmed then it goes down as a mystery bird and gives me another reason, as if one is needed, to go birding again.

Pete from a freezing a flooded Paarl. I saw a Pelican flying by wearing a life-jacket so hard is the rain.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby hilda » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:38 am

Wow! VERY complete descriptions and reasoning to ID these birds Johan and Wildtuinman! I wish I had a fraction of your knowledge! :clap: :clap:

But I'll keep on reading and trying! :doh:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Micetta » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:38 am

hilda wrote:Wow! VERY complete descriptions and reasoning to ID these birds Johan and Wildtuinman! I wish I had a fraction of your knowledge! :clap: :clap:
A pity that they cannot make a living on all this knowledge, they would be very wealthy by now......but maybe they are :lol: :lol: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby hilda » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:01 am

Micetta wrote:they would be very wealthy by now......but maybe they are


:lol: I think they are Micetta! :thumbs_up:


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