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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm 
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 Post subject: EX-Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:25 am 
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Last weekend in our Joburg garden we saw this parrot.
He looks remarkably like the Brown headed parrot but my bird book does not show the distribution as being here? Anyone else seen them in Gauteng?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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It looks like the Senegal Parrot, Poicephalus senegalus, which is endemic to Western Africa. So it must have escaped from captivity.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Oh wow! There were 4 of them and they were shrieking which I see the Senegal does.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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There used to be several Senagal Parrots in the Broadacres area of Johannesburg. I have a few photos from around 2010, and identification was confirmed by staff at Monte Casino Bird Park. I have not seen them for a while, but have recently heard them flying over my home in the greater Fourways area, so I can confirm that they are still around. In what part of Gauteng are you situated?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Very interesting. I am in Morningside Manor. So they are around Gauteng then. I think it is them I am hearing at dusk some evenings as it is a bird sound I have never heard before. Hope they don't become a pest like they are in Western Africa.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rooies wrote:
what worries me is the white edges of the primary feathers.


Those white edges are indication of heavy feather wear, exactly what you can expect of a SF soon after arriving in SA from as far afield as Scandinavia.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Tnx guys, appreciated. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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This one has me totally puzzled :wall: and I know the pix are very poor quality, but I only got the one image as the bird flew off. My guess would have been greyheaded parrot, but it has streaky underparts :hmz: So I have NO idea. (Perhaps it's not a parrot at all, but possibly an owl???) Seen at 07h17 from my tent in Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, Mapungubwe, on 29 October 2014.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I think its an owl - leaning towards barred. but wait for the experts!

I will look out for your TR!! Love Mapungubwe!!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I would say Owl too :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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No enough clarity to make any confirmed call, but don't rule out juvenile Shikra or Little Sparrowhawk. Looks to big for Barred Owl.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I think its an owl - leaning towards barred. but wait for the experts!

I will look out for your TR!! Love Mapungubwe!!


Those blotches on the underparts are pretty conclusive evidence for barred owl.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks for confirming, Johan :gflower: I think that it may be only the 2nd (or 3rd) one that I've ever seen, but at the time, I was somehow convinced that it was a parrot :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Snoobab wrote:
. Looks to big for Barred Owl.



Don't underestimate the barred on Map (or as we call them Piet) I have also noticed they are really BIG.

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