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Canary, Cape

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:10 pm

Canary, Cape, Serinus canicollis

Gregarious, common endemic. Sometimes seen in flocks of up to 500 birds when not breeding, often in association with other seedeaters.

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Almost exclusively feeds on dry as well as green seeds, but occasionally feeds on fruit, flowers and insects.

Solitary nester to loosely colonial where nesting sites are limited. Courting by male is vigarous with display flights and chasing. Female builds cupped nest.
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Re: Canary, Cape

Unread postby arks » Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:25 am

Darling, September 2009

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:05 pm

I'd appreciate some help with this one taken this evening on a fruit farm in Paarl . The very streaky chest and overall dullish colour suggest Forest Canary which is well within range but the grey cheeks as described in Roberts seem to be missing. There are lots of juveniles around this farm at the moment which is making any ID quite difficult for me.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby francoisd » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:18 pm

pnm wrote:I'd appreciate some help with this one taken this evening on a fruit farm in Paarl . The very streaky chest and overall dullish colour suggest Forest Canary which is well within range but the grey cheeks as described in Roberts seem to be missing. There are lots of juveniles around this farm at the moment which is making any ID quite difficult for me.

Juvenile Cape Canary. The problem with them is that as far a I know none of the bird guides shows a picture of one and could also not find a photo on Roberts PDA.

Fortunately I saw some juveniles with the adults the other day here at work and TG also have a couple of reference shots on his PC so could compare your photo with his.
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Re: Canary, Cape

Unread postby Cherries » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:04 pm

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Just in case you only see the back!!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:48 pm

Is this one perchance a forest canary? Seen in my garden in Darling on 4 October 2011.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:56 pm

wow it's nice... and amongst the flowers :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:03 am

Glad you like the pix, anne-marie, lots of birds seem to like feeding on the blossoms of that tree, and I really enjoy watching them!

Now I'm hoping that someone can confirm — or correct! — my ID of the little birdie? :pray:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:27 am

arks wrote:Is this one perchance a forest canary? Seen in my garden in Darling on 4 October 2011.

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Darling in the Western Cape? That would be well and truly out of range and habitat for Forest Canary. Regardless though, Forest Canary, while being heavily streaked, always has a bright yellow body. In other words, the streaking is on a yellow background, not white as in this bird.

I'd suggest that your bird is a female Yellow Canary.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ladybirder » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:00 am

I confirm female Yellow Canary

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:48 pm

Thanks for the expert feedback, deefstes and ladybirder. I knew that female yellow canary was another option, but had thought that the streaking on this bird was heavier — however, both photos and the pix in field guides can be "misleading" :wink: And while I often see yellow canaries at WCNP, this would be only the second time that I've seen one at the farm in Darling 8) — there the usual visitors are all Cape canaries.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:24 pm

You know what Arks, I'm going to revise my ID :D

There was something about the face showing no markings and the fairly dainty bill that bothered me but I didn't have any references with me when I gave the opinion and I'm pretty sure now that I was wrong. Your bird is in fact a juvenile Cape Canary.

I think it's a great bird for a challenge simply because it is not illustrated in most of our field guides. Because the male and female Cape Canary differ only very slightly in plumage, the field guides tend to give only one illustration of the bird. If you delve into the text though you will find a description of the juvenile which does in fact look significantly different from the adults.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:17 am

deefstes wrote:You know what Arks, I'm going to revise my ID :D

There was something about the face showing no markings and the fairly dainty bill that bothered me but I didn't have any references with me when I gave the opinion and I'm pretty sure now that I was wrong. Your bird is in fact a juvenile Cape Canary.



Seen stacks of them on 2nd of Jan in Wakkerstroom. Forest canary would show an eyebrow, grey cheek and, like deefstes says, a heavier bill. I think deefstes' revised ID is the correct one.

I like the suggestion about making the juv Cape canary part of the ID challenges... Will have to let it lay a bit so that memories can fade... :twisted:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:33 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Seen stacks of them on 2nd of Jan in Wakkerstroom. Forest canary would show an eyebrow, grey cheek and, like deefstes says, a heavier bill. I think deefstes' revised ID is the correct one.

Just to be clear, although it's not that important, but my 'revision' was from female Yellow Canary which would have shown a heavier bill and facial markings. But yes, so does the Forest Canary. And great shot by the way. They're awesome little birds those Forest Canaries.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:06 pm

deefstes wrote:You know what Arks, I'm going to revise my ID :D

There was something about the face showing no markings and the fairly dainty bill that bothered me but I didn't have any references with me when I gave the opinion and I'm pretty sure now that I was wrong. Your bird is in fact a juvenile Cape Canary.

I think it's a great bird for a challenge simply because it is not illustrated in most of our field guides. Because the male and female Cape Canary differ only very slightly in plumage, the field guides tend to give only one illustration of the bird. If you delve into the text though you will find a description of the juvenile which does in fact look significantly different from the adults.

Thanks for this further suggestion, deefstes (and to JvR for additional input), certainly makes sense, since Cape canaries are so common in my Darling garden :wink: I googled a bit to see if I could find some other examples, and found several, including this one (scroll down 2 posts for francoisd's ID) right here on our forum!
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