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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:19 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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:

#3 Drakensberg prinia

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:47 am 
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Many thanks Johan. All new ticks for me :D

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 Post subject: Prinia, Drakensberg
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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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 Post subject: Re: Prinia, Drakensberg
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Lovely shot, Johan.

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 Post subject: Re: Prinia, Drakensberg
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:43 am 
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Very nice shots Johan and Wildtuinman :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Prinia, Drakensberg
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Johan van Rensburg wrote:
A Southern African endemic


Hi Joe,

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

Thanks LB! This is a remarkably tough bird to find and photograph. I haven't seen one in a while now. Will have to go hunt one done again soon.

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

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 Post subject: Re: Prinia, Drakensberg
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There you have it then... :thumbs_up:

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