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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:05 pm 
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Please help with ID's for these weavers.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Just a quick few questions, Where were these seen, and are the last two the same bird??? Thanks :)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rusty,
The first one was in Natal, near Scottburgh (at the Croc farm)
The other 2 (same bird) were taken at Kasouga, near Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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1. Red eye, dark heavy bill, yellow head, Scottburgh points to Yellow Weaver.
2 and 3. Dark eye, light coloured bill, yellow head. At this stage I would go with non breeding male Yellow Weaver. I will have to look at it again when i have more time... :wall:

Nyala, it looks like a non breeding male Great Egret. Yellow bill and black legs.

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 Post subject: Weaver: Yellow
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These Yellow Weavers were found at a place call Lake Nhlabane, close the RBM mines on the way to St. Lucia.

Key distinctor between them and Golden Weaver is the red eye, where golden has a yellow eye.

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BTW - the female in the background is a Lesser Masked Weaver


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 Post subject: Re: Weaver: Yellow
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Colourful birds these are :D Saw my first in St Lucia.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaver: Yellow
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Is it a yellow weaver? Male? Female?
I just try to learn something about the birds, sorry...


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 Post subject: Re: Weaver: Yellow
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Hi Toko,

There are only two species of Weaver with a pale eye like yours present in Wilderness NP. Cape and Spectacled. Spectacled have a plain back with greyish blue legs. Your bird has a mottled back with darker wings and pinkish legs and is therefore a Cape Weaver.

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Hi. Can anyone please help me identify this bird? It was seen at Wilderness NP in December.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Cape Weaver, possibly female or juvenile male

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Sombre Greenbul?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Ross, JL, thank you. :thumbs_up: Oddly, that's what we whittled the options down to: Cape weaver or Sombre greenbul. But, we still don't know which one, so still hoping someone can assist. :wink:

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Not a Sombre Greenbull. That is way larger - up to 18cm - and has the GISS of the bushshrikes. The bill is wrong too.

Size, bill shape and colour points me to Yellow Weaver though. The Cape weaver female doesn't have a black bill.


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Not a Sombre Greenbull. That is way larger - up to 18cm - and has the GISS of the bushshrikes. The bill is wrong too.

Size, bill shape and colour points me to Yellow Weaver though. The Cape weaver female doesn't have a black bill.


I agree 100%. GISS is wrong for Sombre Greenbull, bill is too robust and Sombre Greenbull has a light eye.

Thick black bill and red eye mean this is definitely a Yellow Weaver.


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Thanks to you, MattAxel and Guinea Pig, for the interesting diagnostic deductions. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

I thought of a Yellow Weaver, but the problem is that its range stops at Port Elizabeth, and this bird was seen almost 300km to the west of P.E. I know the distribution maps are guidelines only, but could the birds move that far away from the usual distribution?

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