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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushAddict » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:19 am

Hi everybody. Happy New Year to all the mites. Hope it's a great one for birding and just in general.

Could anybody please help with some ID's. All 3 birds seen in the Dullstroom area over December.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:26 pm

BushAddict wrote:Could anybody please help with some ID's. All 3 birds seen in the Dullstroom area over December.

Thanks!


Sorry about letting you hang on so long for attention, BushAddict... :roll:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushAddict » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:47 am

Many thanks Johan. All new ticks for me :D
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Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:34 am

A Southern African endemic, the Drakensberg Prinia, Prinia hypoxantha, is closely related to the Karoo Prinia, but the yellow wash to its underparts and lighter streaks on the breast sets it apart.

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I got this bird to visit the bushes around our chalet in response to the Rob VII sound byte of its call. It lost interest very quickly though and I had to scamper to get in a shot...

Like other prinias, they mainly eat insects, gleaning them from the leaves and stems of grasses and shrubs.
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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:17 am

Lovely shot, Johan.

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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby Ladybirder » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:43 am

Very nice shots Johan and Wildtuinman :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:04 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:A Southern African endemic


Hi Joe,

I have it as a South African endemic, or am I mistaken? :?

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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:23 am

If any bird "south of the Limpopo" means South African, then you are right. In some cases this will mean South Africa, Lesotho AND Swaziland. So, when does South African become Southern Africa?

The Drakensberg Prinia is endemic to South Africa and Swaziland.
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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby hilda » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:00 am

Stunning pictures of a gorgeous little bird Johan and Wildtuinman! :clap: :clap:

@ Johan: This is what the dictionary says:

"South African" = Geographical area south of the Limpopo, the Molopo and the western side of the Orange River, including all the provinces of the RSA.

"Southern Africa" = more or less from the 10th degree of latitude.
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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:14 am

hilda wrote:This is what the dictionary says:

"South African" = Geographical area south of the Limpopo, the Molopo and the western side of the Orange River, including all the provinces of the RSA.

"Southern Africa" = more or less from the 10th degree of latitude.


I remember the Swazi cumstoms official saying: "This is NOT South Africa"... :rtm: :twisted:

When I need a passport to see a bird, I tend to think I am in another country, not one of the nine provinces. But that is just the way I think.
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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:38 am

South African Endemic, if I remember correctly is classified as South Africa Republic and the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.
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Re: Prinia, Drakensberg

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:47 am

There you have it then... :thumbs_up:
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