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 Post subject: Nicator, Eastern
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:01 pm 
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Eastern Nicator/Geelvleknikator, Nicator gularis

The Eastern Nicator (Yellow-spotted Nicator) is a shy and elusive bird, sticking to dense tangled undergrowth and thickets in miombo woodland, riverine forest and moist thornveld. It is more often heard than seen, eluding many an experienced birder. Placing this bird with either the bulbuls or bush-shrikes are much debated as they have morphological and behavioral similarities to both families.

They regularly use call posts, song being loud and explosive, bulbul-like bubbling cadence of notes. Forages in canopy and low vegetation for insects and small vertebra.

Surprisingly for such a shy bird, nests have been reported close to human activity and in plain view. Normally a well concealed dove like nest is constructed about 1m from the ground. 2-3 eggs are incubated by female only. In distraction, bird will appear injured dragging itself on forest floor.


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Yip yip!

Saw one right in front of tent 3, Tamboti. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Nicator, Eastern
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Very Nice WTM, :clap:

I'm yet to see one in the Park, got a few very good sightings, almost an arms reach away in Ponta Do Ouro last month. Nicator is definately a must see!!

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 Post subject: Re: Nicator, Eastern
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After a very fruitful photographic weekend at Mkhuze I can share this sighting of a Nicator with you guys. They are very difficult birds to spot in Summer as they forage in dense thickets, but I've found in winter they sometimes do come out for short glimpses. I saw my first Nicator in Kruger on the dirt road just south of the Levuvu river at Pafuri (also in Winter).
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 Post subject: Re: Nicator, Eastern
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Well done on photographing one so well..........I also agree they are much easier to find in Winter :D

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 Post subject: Re: Nicator, Eastern
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Thanks Rusty, must say different story getting a sharp image of this one!


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 Post subject: Re: Nicator, Eastern
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Nice photo Lizet....Saw my first one in Punda camp

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Thanks Batmad :thumbs_up:
You've been at the right place at the right time! :clap:


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Yip...My sighting was by fluke acctualy.... :lol: i was on my way to the pool and i saw a guy looking up into a tree so i stopped to take a look and i asked if he knew what it was and he said no....soooo i told him that it was a eastern Nicator and he let me have a look through his binos due to the fact that i did not have mine :redface:

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Wow! Now that's what I call a good lucky! Well done.


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Thanks Lizet! :thumbs_up:

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Hi
Have to lay my little egg as well - excuse the pun...

We (first heard) and then, after bundu bashing for 40 minutes, saw the Nicator IN the camp in Punda Maria, infront of the one Guest house (Family unit). The song is amazing, and when we realized what we id'ed it was the highlight of our trip! By the way, it was in January.


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Congrats Kingfisha...... :clap: :D

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Congrats Kingfisha! :clap:

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