Answers to Challenge #77. Sorry for this being a day late.
There were 8 participants to this challenge and one extra entry only for bird number 5 (getting it right I might add but being only the second one to do so).
#1Larger viewSenegal Lapwing
(4/8) - All the other answers were, understandably, for Black-winged Lapwing. While these two birds are generally not too difficult to tell apart, this picture shows, as far as I'm concerned, only one feature that can be used, that being the black margin to the grey bib. On Senegal Lapwing this margin is narrow while on Black-winged Lapwing it is broader and changes more diffusely from grey to black. Another feature that might be discernible from this picture is the legs that are black and not deep red but I'm not convinced that this picture really shows the leg colour (or lack thereof as it happens).
Other features that this picture doesn't show of course are the yellow (as opposed to red) orbital ring and the smaller white patch on the forehead.
As a matter of interest, avid followers of the Bird Identification forums may recall that some of these birds have featured there on occasion. This particular bird has been discussed here
Also there is a page on this bird at the SANParks Forums Species Accounts
#2Larger viewBare-cheeked Babbler
(5/8) with two incorrect answers of Tambourine Dove and one of Red-headed Finch. I'm not sure how to point out the differences between Bare-cheeked Babbler and those as they really are altogether different birds. I suspect that the penny will drop once you have a look at Bare-cheeked Babbler in your field guide. For one though, Tambourine Dove does not have the tawny neck patch and has pinkish legs.
#3Larger viewThick-billed Weaver
(8/8). Despite me cropping this picture ridiculously tight, everyone got it correct. Well done. Maybe I should have cropped it tighter still
#4Larger viewLivingstone's Flycatcher
(6/8). Only two incorrect entries, Yellow-bellied Eremomela and Green-backed Camaroptera. The rufous tail is not visible in the picture but the base of it can be seen. Camaropteras don't have yellow underparts and Yellow-bellied Eremomela has only a yellow belly, not a yellow breast, and also much paler yellow than this, to name but some differences.
#5Larger viewBlack-backed Puffback
(2/9). Well done to wingman and Niall who aced this one. The buffy olive underparts are obviously the confusing feature but this is typical of juvenile Black-backed Puffback.
Incorrect answers received were:
Pririt or Woodward's Batis - both of which would have shown a grey head with black face mask and yellow eyes
Brubru - which has rufous flank patches but never generally dull buffy undersides like this bird. Even juvenile Brubru that might have coloured underparts would still have shown barring.
European Blackcap - which is a Warbler (much smaller bill) and is grey underneath, never buffy.
East Coast Akalat - which would be bright yellow-orange underneath, not dull buffy and has a grey-brown head and upperparts.
#6Larger viewRed-winged Warbler
(7/8) with only one icorrect answer of Grey-backed Camaroptera received. The bright rufous wing panels, although not obvious, can still be seen in this picture and the tail is much too long for a Camaroptera.
Well done to all participants.Read more about:
1. Senegal Lapwing
2. Bare-cheeked Babbler unfortunately not on the Bird Index yet.
3. Thick-billed Weaver
4. Livingstone's Flycatcher unfortunately not on the Bird Index yet.
5. Black-backed Puffback
6. Red-winged Warbler unfortunately not on the Bird Index yet.