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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Kamadejo » Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:14 pm

Hey all, I need some help please for this bird :pray:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:34 pm

Hi Katja,

Second bird is an African Cuckoo - amount of yellow in the bill. European Cuckoo would have a darker bill.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Kamadejo » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:44 pm

Thanks Barcud, I thought the same with the Cuckoo.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:50 pm

Katja,

I agree with Barcud it's an African Cuckoo :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Kamadejo » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:55 pm

Thanks a lot for the ID :thumbs_up:
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:24 pm

Can one of the kind mites on this forum please confirm the identity of these birdies.

This bird was seen at Mestel Dam off the S3. A cuckoo of some sort I would guess.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:41 pm

The 3rd bird is a African Cuckoo.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:04 pm

MattAxel wrote:The 3rd bird is a African Cuckoo.


Thanks so much. I am very new to birding and try to look them up, but sometimes it is all guess work. At least some of my guesses were right! :dance: :dance: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:30 pm

I saw this one at Dalkeith and think it is a sub adult Shikra as it has the black throat stripe - Is it a Shikra??

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:34 pm

Hi Duke, looks like African Cuckoo to me. The nostril area on the upper mandible is yellow so that probably rules out Common Cuckoo.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby adrianp » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:11 pm

:thumbs_up: a varocious caterpilar munching raptor of the african cuckoo variety :wink:

In flight they are quite easy to mistake for an accipiter, and they use this mimickry to avoid being mobbed by other birds when they do the nest parasite thing.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:31 pm

Thank you WTM and adrianp :thumbs_up:

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Cuckoo, African

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:09 pm

Near Shingwedzi, Nov 2011:

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Re: Cuckoo, African

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:28 am

Krismis! How did you manage to get so close! :shock:

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Re: Cuckoo, African

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:44 pm

:hmz:

ok for us doff folk,

what might that be?
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.


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