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 Post subject: Kingfisher, Grey-Headed
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:56 am 
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Yeah, the Grey-hooded Kingfisher is a real special bird. It certainly is one of the contenders for my favourite Kingfisher, but then every time I see a Pygmy Kingfisher I have to re-evaluate, only to do so again every time I see a Half-collared Kingfisher.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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While I am here can you please confirm what you would put this Kingfisher down as, Brown Hooded or Grey-hooded?
Unfortunately this is the only pic we have.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Elsa wrote:
While I am here can you please confirm what you would put this Kingfisher down as, Brown Hooded or Grey-hooded?
Unfortunately this is the only pic we have.

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Hi Elsa ,

No other photos needed , this is an immature grey-headed kingfisher.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Agreed :D And a lifer it would be!!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks JOL and RJ for the ID, so happy with our little G/H Kingfisher. :dance:
I did have it ticked as having seen one in one of the KZN Parks some years back but the 2 tone bill had me a bit confused with this one.
For Jock it was definitely a first time sighting. :D

Will post it on the forum.

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 Post subject: Kingfisher, Grey-Headed
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We were so happy to find this Immature Grey-Headed Kingfisher in Kruger earlier this year. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Elsa wrote:
Thanks JOL and RJ for the ID, so happy with our little G/H Kingfisher. :dance:
I did have it ticked as having seen one in one of the KZN Parks some years back but the 2 tone bill had me a bit confused with this one.
For Jock it was definitely a first time sighting. :D

Will post it on the forum.

Never mind the bill or even the head, Elsa. The orange/chestnut vent is the way to seperate it from similar kingfishers. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Elsa wrote:
Thanks JOL and RJ for the ID, so happy with our little G/H Kingfisher. :dance:
I did have it ticked as having seen one in one of the KZN Parks some years back but the 2 tone bill had me a bit confused with this one.
For Jock it was definitely a first time sighting. :D

Will post it on the forum.


...the two-toned bill shows that this is an immature - adult birds have a unicoloured red bill.


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 Post subject: Re: Grey-Headed Kingfisher
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Very nice photo. :clap:

It is as far as I know, not a common resident in Kruger, usually between September and April, if you are lucky mind you.

Very well spotted, would love to mark him off our list but his space is still vacent.


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 Post subject: Re: Grey-Headed Kingfisher
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and another different sighting during our recent trip in Kruger this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Here is a young Grey-headed Kingfisher that I photographed in Mapungubwe a year and a half ago. Notice that it also has a black tip to the bill but a reddish brown belly. Also, the breast is mottled and not streaked vertically.
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Great Photo Deefstes............ :clap: Still need to see one of these, you got me jealous once again! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Just back from a trip to KNP and have a few unidentified birds I would like some help with.
Firstly, this kingfisher seen on the Pafuri Loop last week. Could it be a juvenile Grey-headed? Helpfully it turned around for front and back shots.
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I will post another bird on the raptors thread.
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Nightjar, that looks very much like a juvi Grey-headed Kingfisher.

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Niall.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks for your help, Niall.


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