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Robin-Chat, Red-capped

Unread postby jonty1 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:30 am

Hi everyone :D I just got back from the coast, and saw some lovely birds. There are a few i have identified, but not sure if they are correctly identified :roll: :)

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Red capped robin-chat??

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:43 am

Red-Capped Robin-chat, yes.
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:05 pm

Our place in St Lucia also has a resident... but it is notoriously difficult to photograph! Always in the shadows, always on the move!

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Cossypha natalensis used to be called Natal Robin. Its whistling sounds remarkably like a human and a person can sometimes coax it into a whistling duet.
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Unread postby jonty1 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:36 pm

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Seen along the Natal Coastal forest in July, 2008
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Red-Capped Robin-Chat

Unread postby Imax » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:45 pm

We found this little robin at the Thulasihleka pan in the Richards Bay Harbour and Lagoon area. We also found some at the Rafia Palm Monument in Mtunzini

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Re: Robin-Chat: Red-capped

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:42 am

If you have a close look at the legs and feet of this bird you will notice nasty-looking growths and some mutation of the feet. I caught it for ringing purposes and it was only one of a few robin-chats so afflicted, some worse, some just in the starting phase.

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Although it can happen to any bird mostly ground-dwelling birds suffer this ailment, their habit of scratching around in litter that may contain the mites exposing them to infestation. Scaly leg mites are responsible for the growths (Knemidocoptes mutans) that can lead to loss of toes and sometimes even limbs. Badly affected birds will loose condition and eventually die of malnutrition. The mites are microscopic relatives of ticks. They spend their complete life cycle under the skin of birds.
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Re: Robin-Chat: Red-capped

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:32 pm

Johan,
Very interesting facts, thank you! I photographed this Robin at Itala Game Reserve in 2008. We also noticed the growths... Interesting to it on the same bird species..
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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:

Number 10

Very last one I promise. I saw this scruffy little bird in the camp site at Cape Vidal, St Lucia, any ideas?

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Any help would be massively appreciated! Thanks in advance

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:26 am

hi Jay

10: I think a juvenile Red-capped Robin-chat (Natal Robin)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:39 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:hi Jay
10: I think a juvenile Red-capped Robin-chat (Natal Robin)


10 - I would go for Red-capped (Natal) Robin-chat
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:42 am

Jay Knight wrote:Here are a few more that I am struggling with:


Number 10

Very last one I promise. I saw this scruffy little bird in the camp site at Cape Vidal, St Lucia, any ideas?

Any help would be massively appreciated! Thanks in advance


Hi Jay

10 - I would go for Red-capped (Natal) Robin-chat sub-adult
Go look at some of my photos (mostly birds) @ http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=20417

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:00 pm

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Re: Robin-Chat: Red-capped

Unread postby Bosnimf » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:20 pm

St. Lucia, July 2012

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:44 pm

Last few until I sort out the Karoo chaps

10. - Tamboti, red capped Robin Chat?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:05 pm

Okay I haven't checked any books or references yet, but here is what I get at first glance:

10. Red-capped Robin-Chat


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