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Firefinch: Red-billed

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Firefinch: Red-billed

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:09 pm

We came across these pretty little birds foraging around at the waters edge at Sunset Dam last week.
Unfortunately we did not get the greatest pic of them but I think they are the Redbilled firefinches which I had never seen before.


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Unread postby j-ms » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:51 pm

Yes, those are Red-billed Firefinches. If there are females amongst them they are easy to tell apart from Jamieson's and Blue-billed in that the females have very little reddish colouration (mostly confined to the bill area and the rump). If you are in the Okavango delta, though, be careful of confusing the female Red-billed with Brown Firefinches - the difference is the red rump of the Red-billed.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:53 am

I find it extremely difficault to photograph these fire finches. I think you did extremely well to get a shot of it. Well done. :wink:
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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:42 am

wildtuinman wrote:I find it extremely difficault to photograph these fire finches. I think you did extremely well to get a shot of it. Well done. :wink:


Thanks for the confirmation!!
Its not easy I agree as they are such active little birds, but can still kick ourselves for not putting on the bigger lens earlier and by the time we did they had moved away. :roll:
I can't seem to find a picture of the female in any of my books but could the mainly LBJ on the left in our pic be the female?
They also seemed to be in a mixed group of Blue Waxbills.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:49 am

It might very well be a female, yes.

I have always find them in close proximity to the blue wax bills, especially on the Bushman's trail. Other places I have seen them was in the Biyamithi weir area.
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Re: Firefinch: Red-billed

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:26 pm

This would be a female if I've got it right?

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Re: Firefinch: Red-billed

Unread postby Bahamut » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:48 pm

DuQues wrote:This would be a female if I've got it right?

I would say young male, as there are development of red feathers on fore-crown and on chin evident. :)

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Re: Firefinch: Red-billed

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:13 pm

Yet another beautiful little bird! :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:25 pm

:pray: help.

I wish to confirm which of the firefinches these are: (different birds)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:53 pm

Hi DB
Where were these taken ?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:55 pm

All in Kruger - 1st near Letaba, second one at Orpen.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:42 am

Hi DB,

I'll go out on a limb here and give these a go.

1 and 2 Red-billed Firefinch - eye ring quite prominent.

Hope I'm right on these, so please feel free to correct me if not (and give pointers).

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:54 pm

Barcud wrote:Hi DB,

I'll go out on a limb here and give these a go.

1 and 2 Red-billed Firefinch - eye ring quite prominent.

Hope I'm right on these, so please feel free to correct me if not (and give pointers).

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Thanks for your help Barcud - I never thought how difficult ID'ing those little things could be :shock:
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby KobusF » Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:52 am

I have more for ID help:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:24 am

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