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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:26 am

jaffles wrote:Need help for ID.
Seen in Botswana Chobe NP in May.
I'm confused about the tail. Is it a cape glossy starling or is it a sharp tailed starling???

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I have never seen a Sharp-tailed Starling, but the tail certainly doesn't fit the description in this photo...
do you have any other photos?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jaffles » Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:57 am

Hallo Wildtuinman,

only one pic, which is similar


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I'm really interessted, what you think


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:28 pm

I just cannot decide whether the bird has a facial mask or not. It also seems quite dark. How much work was done on the photo during the editing process? It seems to have a facial mask, but it doesn't extend as far back (over the ear coverts) to fully qualify as a Greater Blue-eared Starling. In the end I don't think I can change it into anything else than a Cape Glossy Starling.

Black-bellied, Miombo Blue-eared and Sharp-tailed Starlings would be out of distribution for Chobe.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:32 pm

Sharp-tailed also has an extensive facial mask, similar to that of Greater Blue-eared Starling which I cannot see on this bird.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jaffles » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:22 pm

Thank you for your help. The raw files are nearly similar. Not much change in colour. I was only confused about the tail.
Birding is a new interrest for me with much fun and happiness. But we have only one to two time in the year the possibility, to enjoy the Birddlife in the Southern Africa .
But I have interrest to learn more!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:53 pm

I saw this odd wagtail in my garden in Darling in mid-January. Is it possibly a grey wagtail ... or perhaps some sort of hybrid? :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Philip1 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:28 pm

:) Arks, i am not a Birder, but it looks like a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava.
Would also like to know which Wagtail it is. :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby johanclassen » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:34 pm

Hi all, Is this a Female Golden Weaver or Lesser Masked Weaver? Shingwedzi area. Help will be appreciated :) Tnx
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:38 pm

Philip1 wrote: :) Arks, i am not a Birder, but it looks like a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava.
Would also like to know which Wagtail it is. :hmz:

Thanks Philip, but I think that Darling is out of range for yellow wagtail? (Not that the birds read those books :wink: )

I'm hoping that one of our fundis (JvR? DD? WTM?) will weight in here :pray: Really puzzled by this one :whistle:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:01 am

Hi Arks, the bib rules out any of the rare wagtails.

It is a Cape Wagtail.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:05 am

Johan, your bird is a Lesser Masked Weaver with those blue/grey legs.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jaffles » Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:16 pm

Seen this bird in Kruger. I guess it is a female sunbird. But which one. Sorry, not the best pic.


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby johanclassen » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:24 pm

Wildtuinman wrote
Johan, your bird is a Lesser Masked Weaver with those blue/grey legs.


Tnx WTM it seems the older I get the worse my eyes are becoming :lol:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:29 pm

wildtuinman wrote:Hi Arks, the bib rules out any of the rare wagtails.

It is a Cape Wagtail.

Thanks WTM :gflower: But I'm still curious/confused about the yellow on this bird ... how do you account for that? Is it a hybrid? :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Albert » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:51 am

Red-billed Buffalo-Weavers? (both pics). Pafuri, April 2015

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