Challenge #3 August 2012
Good evening Ducklings sorry for the delay. The past weeks scores includes one mite scoring 10/16, one scoring 11/16, two scoring 12/16, three scoring 13/16, one scoring 14/16, one scoring 15/16 and one scoring 16/16.
Herewith the answers and explanations:1. Large-billed Lark
: Rather heavily built bird with a thick bill and diagnostic yellow base to the bill.2. Cape Canary
: The grey hind crown and nape combined with the mustard yellow face and chin and lack of bold facial colours are distinctive.3. Common Starling
: Glossy black plumage with white flecking and yellow bill.4. Cape Spurfowl
: Large size with all dark plumage and no bare facial skin. Legs and feet dull reddish-orange.5. Amethyst Sunbird
: Female, range combined with dull white eyebrow and dark markings on the chest and upper-belly.6. Karoo Prinia
: Obvious long and cocked tail with bold streaking on the underparts combined with range.7. Cape Weaver
: Only two possibilities for the region, combined with the large bill.8. Knysna Turaco
: Only Turaco in the region, other than that the short crest is diagnostic.9. Southern Boubou
: Black above with white wing-bar, white bellow with buff flanks and belly. The most obvious would be the range.10. Greater Double-collared Sunbird
: Large long and less decurved bill along with a broader red band on the chest.11. Olive Thrush
: Only Thrush in the region, but the orange flanks combined with the conspicuous markings on the throat is diagnostic.12. Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler
: Small dumpy bird resembling a White-eye in size and shape. Mostly yellow underparts combined with a rusty brown crown and stripe through the eye.13. Cape Bulbul
: I reckon everyone can identify a Bulbul and with the conspicuous white eye-ring it is unmistakeable. 14. Kelp Gull
: Perhaps one of the more difficult species but the thick-set appearance and rather large yellow bill should have been enough to identify.15. Cape Bunting
: The obvious black and white streaking on the head combined with the grey back and red wings are diagnostic.16. Cape Rock-Thrush
: Male, the overall rufous and blue-grey plumage should point towards a male of the Rock-Thrush species. The rufous upper breast combined with the brown back is diagnostic.
Unfortunately due to my new job I won't be able to continue but it was a great pleasure taking you all under my wing. Hopefully you all learned a little something which will help aid you in the veld while out birding this new season.
I also want to urge you to continue participating on the ducklings thread but also to show your support on the other Bird ID Challenge.
Thank you all once again!!!