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Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:49 pm

After a weekend at Mkhuze Game Reserve I can add among others another spp to the Bird Index.
Pink-throated Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus
Habitat: They prefer the thornveld and coastal thickets in KZN, and I’ve especially seen them many times in sand forest. It is drier conditions than where we found Red-throated Twinspot.
Male:
Upper parts are brown.
Face, throat, upper breast and rump have a deep pinkish wash.
Belly and under tail coverts are black with white to pinkish spots on belly and flanks.
Female:
Upper parts have a lighter brown than male.
Face, throat and lower belly are greyish with no pink.
Midbelly are also black with white spots.
I’ve noticed that both sexes has a lilac ring around a dark eye which is not always visible at first glance.
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:38 pm

Great photo Lizet.........Got my first sighting in Mkhuze in 2006 :D
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:43 pm

Thanks! it seems that's the best place to get them these days.

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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby mountainview » Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:27 pm

I saw mine at Rocktail Bay. Amazing little things. They would come down to drink at the bird bath just a couple of meters from us ...

Where did you see the Red-Throated Twinspot?

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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:08 pm

MV,
I've seen Red-throated at Mushumbi pools in Northern Zim, and also at the Vumba Botanical Gardens in Eastern Zim, but never in SA. There are a few unsubstantial sightings in SA. But maybe someone else can shed some light on them?

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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:42 am

It sounds like Mkhuze is a great place to go to......I dont have thisbird on my life list yet but a truly stunning bird! great photo lizet!
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:48 am

Thanks Batmad :thumbs_up:

Yes, Mkhuze is a very nice birding destination. There are species like Scaly-Throated Honeyguide, Grey Waxbill, Lemon-Breasted Canary (if you are lucky) etc. that you don't see every day.Unfortunately the road between Piet Retief and Pongola is under construction and it will take you 7 hours to get there. Kruger is much closer for a quick weekend away.

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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:51 am

Thanks for the advice Lizet...Much appreciated! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Ed the Hyena » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:58 pm

Mmmm...Lemon-breasted canary, I really need to go to Mkhuze 8)
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:50 pm

In the south of Kruger near Crocodile Bridge.

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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby pantera leo » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:28 pm

Hi Bobbi, I'm afraid not but still a very beautiful male Red-billed Firefinch! :clap: Note the size of the spots and bill color in Lizet's photo. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:31 am

Thanks Patero,
I realize that I must have been VERY tired when trying to ID the bird. The spots and colouring are sooo obvious that I should not have missed it!!!! :wall:
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:10 pm

Saw Pink-throated Twinspot in Kruger over the weekend. :wink:
Oh and Lemon-breasted Canary too at its usual spot.
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:56 pm

Nice, where?
I saw my first Twinspot at Gundani Mutsiwa in December
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Re: Pink-throated Twinspot

Unread postby walt3 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:40 pm

Usual spot for lb canary WTM ? If you share your secret I will divulge where I usually find yellow-billed hornbill in KNP. :)


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