Thanks for everyone who participated in Duck #49
Awesome 11 'mites
tried their hand at Duck #49.
Naomi c and micetta can each add halve a point to their scores , so it changes to 9 and 9.5/10 respectively
The number of 'mites that got the ID correct is in brackets after the name of the bird
Here are the results of Duck #49
#1 Red-capped Lark:  Ad:
Crown rufous, with fairly short, erectile hind-crown crest. Lores white, merging with whitish supercilium; narrow black eye stripe extends above ear coverts behind eye. Ear coverts whitish, finely streaked brown, darkest towards rear. Nape and hind neck sandy brown to mid-brown (pale grey-brown in some areas); sides of neck brown, with whitish streaks. Mantle sandy brown to mid-brown, finely streaked darker brown; back similar, but more heavily marked. Rump reddish brown, upper tail coverts rufous. Tail dark brown, outer pair of rectrices with white outer webs, next pair with narrow whitish outer edge, central pair with buffy margins. Flight feathers dark brown, outer primary with buffy-white outer web, remainder with narrow, paler brown outer edges. Scapulars, greater and median upper wing coverts and elongated tertials brown, with rufous-buff margins; lesser upper wing coverts sandy brown, with darker centres. Underwing coverts and axillaries pale brown. Foreneck brown, with whitish streaks. Remainder of underparts white, sides of breast with prominent rufous patches, sometimes almost meeting in centre; flanks with variable amount of brown or rufous. Bill black; small, fairly slender. Eyes brown. Legs and feet dark brown to black.
#2 Large-billed Lark:  Ad:
Crown pale brown, heavily streaked blackish brown; feathers long and erectile, forming short crest. Supercilium creamy buff, broad, contrasting with streaked crown and dark brown eye stripe. Cheeks finely streaked brown and white, with darker brown patch below eye, linking to eye stripe behind eye. Sides of neck brown, streaked whitish. Remainder of upper parts pale brown, streaked blackish, but less so on hind neck and rump. Upper tail coverts grey-brown, with dark centres. Tail dark brown, outermost rectrices with narrow whitish outer web; central pair medium-brown, with pale edges. Flight feathers dark brown, secondaries with pale outer edges and tips. Scapulars, tertials, and greater and median coverts dark brown, broadly edged pale greyish brown; lesser coverts medium-brown, fringed paler. Underwing coverts and axillaries pale brown. Chin and throat whitish, with indistinct moustachial streak. Foreneck brown, streaked whitish. Remainder of underparts whitish, belly and undertail coverts sometimes lightly washed yellowish. Breast heavily streaked dark brown, lower breast and flanks more sparsely marked with narrow streaks. Bill dark brown, with yellow base; medium-long and robust. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pinkish brown.
#3 Karoo Chat:  Ad:
Forehead, crown, nape, sides of neck, mantle, back and scapulars uniform dark grey. Rump grey; upper tail coverts slightly paler grey. Tail black; outer 2 pairs of rectrices with white outer webs, T4 and T3 with reduced white on outer web. Flight feathers and upper wing coverts blackish brown. Inner secondaries and tertials with narrow greyish white fringes, coverts with broad brownish-grey fringes. Chin, throat and breast pale grey, shading to whitish on belly and undertail coverts. Juv: Upper parts spotted with buff, underparts scaled blackish. Confusing species: Grey morph Mountain Wheatear male darker grey, and has white (not grey) rump. Tractrac Chat has extensive white at base of tail and white lower rump. Sickle-winged Chat has rump and outer tail pink (not grey and white, respectively).
#4 African Reed Warbler:  Ad:
Upper parts warm brown, rump and upper tail coverts tinged rufous. Supercilium buff, indistinct; lores and ear coverts brown. Tail dark brown. Wings dark brown, feathers edged paler warm brown. Underparts whitish; breast and undertail coverts suffused with buff, flanks rich buff. Upper mandible dark brown, lower mandible yellowish. Eyes pale brown. Legs and feet dark greenish horn to flesh-brown. Juv: As ad, but brighter; slightly more rufous. Confusing species: Lesser and Greater Swamp Warblers darker, more heavily built, with more robust legs. Vocally inseparable from Eurasian Reed Warbler. (See Eurasian Reed Warbler for details of separation, and relevant literature.)
#5 White-throated Robin Chat:  Ad:
Crown dark grey; white supercilium extends over black ear coverts. Lores and sides of neck black. Hindneck to lower back dark grey. Rump and tail rufous, latter with broad, black terminal band; central pair of rectrices black. Greyish-black wings have distinctive white bar across shoulder (inner secondary and lesser coverts) extending to outer webs of tertials. Chin to vent pure white, flanks and undertail coverts cinnamon. Bill, eyes, legs and feet black. Imm: As ad, but retains juv flight feathers. Juv: Head buffy, with fine black mottling; lacks supercilium. Upper parts blackish brown, mottled buffy orange. Wings lack shoulder bar. Underparts buffy, feathers tipped black. Confusing species: Cape Robin-Chat lacks shoulder bar and has rufous (not white) throat and sides of neck and breast. Southern Boubou larger, with stouter, hooked bill; lacks supercilium, and has wholly black (not rufous and black) tail.
#6 Kurrichane Thrush:  Ad:
Forehead, crown and nape olivaceous grey-brown; cheeks and ear coverts pale grey-brown, scaled buff. Supercilium buffy orange, indistinct. Back olivaceous grey-brown; rump pale olivaceous grey-brown, tinged ochre. Tail dark grey-brown, tinged rufous. Primaries and secondaries brown above, outer webs tinged ochre. Upper wing coverts and flight feathers grey-brown; inner webs of innermost 3 primaries pale dull orange. Underwing coverts dull orange. Chin off-white; malar region heavily streaked dark brown, streaks extending below and behind cheeks. Throat pale orange-buff, unstreaked or lightly streaked brown. Upper breast pale smoky brown, grading to pale dull orange on sides of breast and flanks. Belly and vent white to cream. Bill bright orange. Eyes brown, eye ring orange. Legs and feet orange-yellow. Confusing species: Orange Ground- Thrush has conspicuous white tips to upper wing coverts, forming 2 bars on closed wing: Both Olive and Karoo Thrushes darker-bellied and lack dark malar striping. Several records of hybridisation with Olive Thrush.
#7 Cape Wagtail:  Ad:
Upper parts and face olive-grey, with creamy-white supercilium and narrow crescent under eye. Tail dark grey-brown. Outermost 2 rectrices white (T5 often blackish along inner web), T3-T4 usually with white outer webs and tips; T1 with paler grey margins when fresh. Flight feathers, and greater and median coverts dark grey-brown, narrowly edged pale buff-grey. Lesser coverts olive-grey, matching back. Axillaries grey, underwing coverts whitish. Throat, malar area and upper breast whitish, with a dark grey, often rather irregular gorget, broadest in centre. Remainder of underparts creamy white, flanks extensively washed olive-grey. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet brownish black. Confusing species: African Pied Wagtail juv has striking black and white wings. Mountain Wagtail has much longer tail; upper parts more blue-grey, underparts pure white. Western Yellow Wagtail lacks pectoral band or chest spot, and usually has some yellow wash on belly and vent; voice different. Grey Wagtail always has markedly yellow belly and longer tail.
#8 Tambourene Dove: Ad male:
Forehead and area around eyes white, loral stripe black. Hind crown, ear coverts, nape and back ashy brown; lower back crossed by 2 indistinct blackish bands, with paler band between. Central pair of rectrices dark reddish brown; 2 outer pairs ashy, with subterminal dark grey to black bar. Remainder basally dark brown, distal third blackish. Upper wing coverts brown. Primaries and outer secondaries cinnamon, edged and tipped brown. Central and inner secondaries brown; 2 iridescent blackish-purple spots on wing formed by metallic markings on some inner coverts and secondaries. Underwing cinnamon. Throat to vent white; undertail coverts and flanks ashy brown. Bill purplish, tipped dark brown or black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet reddish purple. Ad female: As male, but with lower throat and breast washed grey. Juv: Brown above, most feathers transversely barred rufous and brown; breast grey in both sexes.
#9 Weaver Thick Billed :  Ad male:
Overall dark brown; forehead white in br season. Tail blackish brown. Flight feathers blackish; white bases to primaries visible on folded wing and form conspicuous patch in flight. Bill blackish horn or dark grey, heavy and deep. Eyes brown. Legs and feet grey to blackish. Ad female: Upper parts, incl upper wing coverts, dark brown, scaled buff. Supercilium greyish, indistinct. Tail brown. Flight feathers dark brown, primaries edged paler brown. Underwing coverts and axillaries off-white. Underparts off-white, with heavy dark brown streaks; streaking narrows posteriorly. Undertail coverts with blackish-brown centres. Bill horn-coloured. Juv: As ad female, but upper parts more rufous; underparts buffier. Bill initially yellow, becoming darker. Confusing species: Ad female could be mistaken for ad female Violet-backed Starling, but latter has much more slender, black (not horn-coloured) bill.
#10 Yellow-throated Long-claw:  Ad male:
Forehead to nape buffy brown, feather centres darker, giving lightly streaked effect. Lores and ear coverts pale buffy brown. Moustachial stripe dark brown to black extending to link up with sides of neck to broad black necklace across upper breast. Supercilium lemon yellow. Remainder of upper parts greyish brown, lightly streaked. Rectrices dark olive-brown, with pale shafts. Central rectrices narrowly fringed buff. T2-T6 have increasingly wide white tips to both webs, ca 5 mm wide on T2 increasing to distal 35% of inner web of T6; outer web of T6 almost entirely white. Primaries and secondaries dark olive-brown. Upper wing coverts dark olive-brown, with pale fringes. Chin, throat, malar region and foreneck deep lemon yellow, enclosed by black necklace bordered below with dark brown streaking. Sides of upper breast creamy yellow; lower breast and belly deep lemon yellow. Flanks and undertail coverts yellow-buff. Upper mandible blackish, lower mandible paler. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet pale brown to dull yellow. Ad female: As male, but underparts duller yellow, washed buff to olive-yellow. Juv: Upper parts as ad, but supercilium buff. Underparts buff, with trace of yellow in centre of breast. Necklace broken initially by spots and streaks. Confusing species: Yellow-breasted Pipit lacks broad black necklace. Golden Pipit much smaller, with black breast band, not necklace, and bright yellow underwings.
BB Spotted Ground Thrush:  Ad:
Upper parts, incl forehead, crown and scapulars, rusty olive-brown. Moustachial area, lores and patch on ear coverts white. Malar stripe black; also near-vertical black line through eyes and another at rear margin of ear coverts. Tail olive-brown, outer pairs of rectrices with white patches, mainly on inner web, extending ca 25 mm from tip. Upper wings mostly brown. Tips of median and secondary upper wing coverts with white, drop-shaped spots forming two parallel bars on folded wing. Lesser coverts olive-brown, tips with buff spots. Underparts white, breast and flanks often tinged buff, with large, bold, black drop-shaped or fan-shaped spots, varying in density. Bill black to grey-black; base of lower mandible whitish, pale yellow or pinkish. Eyes dark brown, appearing black in field; eye ring white. Legs and feet pale pink. Juv: As ad, but crown and mantle mottled and streaked buff or dull olive-brown. Underparts buff, with black flecks and spots. Confusing species: Groundscraper Thrush lacks white wing bars and occurs in drier, more open habitats.