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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby renard » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:53 pm

Hi everybody. I need some help for the identification of some birds I saw during my honeymoon last July in Kruger Park, near Crocodile Bridge. I'm really new in birdwatching, so I surely did many mistakes in my identifications. So here you are some photos:

4. Grey Go-Away Bird aka Grey Loerie
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:05 pm

From the top,

Grey Loerie(Kwevoel)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby renard » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:19 pm

Another question: are Grey Go-Away Bird and Grey Lourie (or Grey Loerie in Afrikans I think) the same bird? And why doesn't the bird in my photo have a crest as in the photo I saw on the web?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:26 pm

renard, in answer to your question, re the Go-away Bird, yes it is the same as the Grey Lourie but the new name is the Grey Go-away Bird now and it puts its crest down flat on the head when flying.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:31 pm

Only reason I am here now is cause I am finalising my list, :tongue: Names have changed a lot. :? Have to get myself new books. But at least I know the old & Afrikaans names. 8)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby renard » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:53 pm

Elsa wrote:renard, in answer to your question, re the Go-away Bird, yes it is the same as the Grey Lourie but the new name is the Grey Go-away Bird now and it puts its crest down flat on the head when flying.

Thank you for your explanations!

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Re: Go-away- Bird: Grey

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:16 pm

Took these at the Biyamiti camp in March 2011.

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Re: Go-away- Bird: Grey

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat May 19, 2012 12:32 pm

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Re: Go-away- Bird: Grey

Unread postby pops » Sat May 19, 2012 5:33 pm

Have them in my garden in Jnb where they get to all my soft fruits before I or my SO can. She gets very upset.

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Re: Go-away- Bird: Grey

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:11 am

It was a scorcher in Satara Camp. Initially I thought this grey go-away-bird tried to deal with the 45deg C midday heat by hugging the cooler soil.

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While birds do not have sweat glands, physical characteristics that help birds in hot climates keep cool include:

1. Respiration Rate: Birds have rapid respiration rates that allow greater heat dissipation than regular breathing would.

2. Bare Skin: Bare skin patches on the legs, feet and face allow greater heat loss than if all areas were covered with feathers. Even small patches such as a fleshy eye ring can help dissipate heat.

3. Bill Size: Birds with large bills have a rich blood supply to their beaks. On a hot day, the birds can increase the blood flow to their bills to help release heat, but when the temperature cools that blood flow slows and heat is retained.

Mind you, I have been thinking about (and reading up on) the observed go-away-bird action of spread-eagling out in the full heat of the midday sunlight. Its gaping and panting makes me think that these birds were not comfortable at all and that it is unlikely to be an adaptation to cool themselves, but rather them performing an obviously uncomfortable action to reduce louse infestations by sunning. Scientists have found that air temperatures slightly above 40 degrees Celsius can be lethal to lice and their eggs. Birds were observed to groom extensively following sunbathing, likely in order to remove the dead lice. After sunning they have to spend less time rooting out each live one individually by preening only.
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Re: Go-away- Bird: Grey

Unread postby Tilandi » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:20 am

:thanx: for the interesting info (as always) Johan. :gflower:
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