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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:13 am 
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Hi Anja

The male Cuckooshrike is roughly the same size as a Drongo, but there are some quite noticeable differences. The Drongo has a deeply forked tail, with paler brown primary feathers, which can be seen quite clearly when it flies. It also has a reddish eye. The bill shows a more distinct hook on the end than the Cuckooshrike.

The Cuckooshrike has a blueish black sheen to it, seen quite well in the sunlight. They also have a noticeable yellow to orange gape - the tail is not forked.

Pics of the Drongo: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/541.htm
Pics of the Cuckooshrike: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/538.htm

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Thanks for the top pics, Niall. :clap: That makes it very easy to see the differences. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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thanks Niall, like already said... nice to see the differences with pictures :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks Niall, for your explanation and showing the pictures. It's very clear. :clap:
With every visit to KNP, I get to learn more and more about the birds. This one I never noticed before.


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 Post subject: Cuckooshrike: Black
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hey Mites, I'm so stuck with this blue bird..... So I'm asking for some help please :pray: :pray:


We spotted this bird at Mooiplaas Picnic spot late afternoon during our March trip to KNP.

He did not still for a second and that's way the not so good pictures.

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Black cuckooshrike with partial leucism

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Oh WoW, Johan, a BIG Thank You for the ID!

Also very interesting, never knew birds could have partial leucism.

Looking at the bird now I can see the Cuckooshrike shape and the red gape points to the ID aswell, but by myself I never would have known with the yellow spots on top of his head. :hmz: :hmz:

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