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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Dave Moore » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:35 pm

I need some help with this bird please. Photo was taken in Central Kalahari game reserve in June 09. It was at Piper pan. I think it is a chat flycatcher but some friends say karoo chat. To me the range is not correct for the latter but more likely for the former. Thanks.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:49 pm

Chat Flycatcher it is! :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby jnaflwr » Sat May 08, 2010 4:04 am

Hi, can you help me with the ID of this bird?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Barcud » Mon May 10, 2010 9:11 pm

Hi Jnaflwr,

This bird I cannot decide between Chat Flycatcher or Pale flycatcher. Do you remember if the bird was Thrush sized or smaller? Large = Chat, small = Pale. The locality seems to be on the border of both their ranges according to Sasol, but don't know how accurate these maps are?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby jnaflwr » Tue May 11, 2010 2:39 am

Hi Barcud, I would say it was more thrush size. Thank you so much for the ID help.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu May 20, 2010 12:52 am

Larks continue to stump me :wall: Any chance that this might be a spikeheeled lark?

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My second guess would be fawncoloured, but while photos can be deceiving (and this bird was very far away, hence a very cropped image), the bill doesn't look thick enough for fawncoloured :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 20, 2010 6:24 am

Definately not a lark...looks quite flycactcher/chat like, will have to have a better look later after my exam...
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu May 20, 2010 2:15 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Definately not a lark...looks quite flycactcher/chat like, will have to have a better look later after my exam...

Thanks, RJ, I hope your exam went well? Here's a tighter crop of the LBJ ...

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I'm thinking now that it's likely just a familiar chat — or a chat flycatcher? (how does one tell these two apart?!?) Except that the black line through the eye puzzles me. From the pix in my Newman's it looks most like a pale or mousecoloured flycatcher, but that bird isn't supposed to occur in KTP :hmz: :wall:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 20, 2010 5:31 pm

Arks, your bird appears to be a Chat Flycactcher, it is too bulky and has the wrong shape and giss for a familiar chat, thanks for the wishes, and the enlarged image :wink: :mrgreen:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu May 20, 2010 7:06 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Arks, your bird appears to be a Chat Flycactcher, it is too bulky and has the wrong shape and giss for a familiar chat, thanks for the wishes, and the enlarged image :wink: :mrgreen:

Thanks for the ID and the reasoning. I usually just assume familiar chat, while always wondering whether I'm wrong :redface: There's not much difference in the illustrations in my Newman's and I've not had sufficient opportunity to observe either at length, which might help me to recognise the differences.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 20, 2010 7:11 pm

Pleasure Arks, the more time spent with a bird, the easier IDing is later in life :D

I've still got 6 exams to go, the next is on Saturay afternoon! Thanks for the luck! :thumbs_up:
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Fri May 21, 2010 4:37 am

To continue with my "challenges" in attempting to distinguish between the chat flycatcher and the familiar chat, more birds seen in KTP in February.

This I'm thinking is a chat flycatcher, possibly a juvenile just molting from its spotty juvenile plummage?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri May 21, 2010 8:48 am

Your bird is a chat flycatcher....It is bulky and has a large bill!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Fri May 21, 2010 2:18 pm

Thanks for confirming, RJ! These familiar-chat-flycatchers sure are foncussing!!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri May 21, 2010 2:31 pm

Its a pleasure :thumbs_up:
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