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White-throated Canary

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:52 pm

I don't find a topic for this canary, so here's my contribution. I saw this bird in West Coast National Park on 3 December 2008, along the path leading to the Seeburg birdhide. I spent quite some time watching it feasting on these seedpods, which look to me like some sort of willow? Does anyone know what the shrub is?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:14 pm

and still a Canary :hmz:
Protea Seed-eater (Canary) I dare no more even try :redface:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:48 pm

Hi Anne-marie

This looks like White-throated Canary - they have quite a stout bill compared to a female Yellow Canary. Note the yellow rump as well. Protea Canary (Seedeater) is found in more mountainous areas at higher altitude, and has white bars on the wings and no yellow on the rump.

WT Canary: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/879.htm
Protea Canary: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/880.htm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:03 pm

thanks a lot and thanks for the samples :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:18 am

Here's another that has me puzzled :hmz: The white throat and yellow rump would seem to indicate a whitethroated canary

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but what about the streaked chest, which is more like a female yellow canary ... Which has me wondering, which? Or neither? :wall: Seen at WCNP on 24 May 2012.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:18 am

Streaking can often be observed on all canaries that do not normally show streaking... It may be due to the bird being juvenile, it may be due to moulting or a cycle in the breeding season. So, don't let streaking per se put you off a perfectly good ID! :thumbs_up:

Here is a good example of a streaked WTC. :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:14 pm

Thanks, JvR, WTC it is!
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