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Wheatear: Capped

Unread postby Candy's Style » Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:54 pm

Capped Wheatear
Oenanthe Pileata

Habitat: Open semidesert, burnt grassland, cultivated fields, eroded or overgrazed veld, stockyards and kraals.
Habits: Usually solitary, sometimes in pairs or family groups.
Flies to ground to catch prey, moving in long hops then flying back to perch. On landing bows exaggeratedly and flicks or swings tail up and down.
Displays by flying up and hovering on fluttering wings, body nearly horizontal, head drawn back and tail cocked, accompanied by song.
Food: Insects

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Wheatear: Capped

Unread postby Obelix » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:37 pm

We spotted this one below about 200 km's north of Cape Town. We initially thought maybe Tractrac Chat, but we also considered Stickled-winged Chat or maybe even just Familiar Chat. But we've seen Familiar Chats before and this one looks quite different, maybe juvenile?
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Unread postby deefstes » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:00 pm

Juvenile Capped Wheatear
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Unread postby Niall » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:51 pm

Consider Juv Capped Wheatear (although the reddish brown appearance on the wings is odd). I would expect Whincat to have a more uniform colouring to its chest.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lionspoon » Thu May 13, 2010 11:00 am

Could you please help me to identify the bird? No, not the ostrich. :lol:
I was aiming at it that's why the little one comes out so blurred. :roll:
Maybe a capped wheatear?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu May 13, 2010 11:12 am

Lionspoon wrote:Maybe a capped wheatear?

I'd agree (though its underside looks a lot darker than the one in my guide)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 13, 2010 4:08 pm

Capped Wheatear :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lionspoon » Thu May 13, 2010 7:57 pm

I have the same problem, joshilewis, this bird doesn't look more or less exactly like in my guide. :doh: But I take yours and Rusty Justy's answer as a 'yes'. :lol: Thank you, you two! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 13, 2010 9:42 pm

Pleasure :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri May 14, 2010 1:15 am

This bird, seen in KTP on 19 February 2010, looks to me like a Karoo robin, but according to my Newman's, it doesn't occur in KTP? But to me it looks far too dark to be a Kalahari robin :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri May 14, 2010 8:50 am

arks, I think the first bird might be a Capped Wheatear?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri May 14, 2010 9:53 am

Looks like capped wheatear as well.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ludwig » Fri May 14, 2010 10:44 am

Thank you joshilewis, thank you Niall and thank you pantera leo (answer via),
Thank you for your help. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri May 14, 2010 3:45 pm

Thanks JL and RJ. I'd not thought of capped wheatear, because this bird (at least in the photo, and after (nearly) three months I don't remember the bird itself :redface: ) looks much more overall grey than black cap and russet back. But photos can be misleading. And with this bird, I think that the white "brow" above the bill is the "clincher" for me on this. Here is a frontal shot that makes that clear(er) :)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri May 14, 2010 4:23 pm

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