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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Roan » Tue May 08, 2012 10:23 pm

Hi Pumbaa.
Where were these pictures taken? The top one could possibly be a rattling cisticola :hmz: .
Hopefully someone else will have more clarity.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun May 13, 2012 12:10 pm

Roan wrote:Hi Pumbaa.
Where were these pictures taken? The top one could possibly be a rattling cisticola :hmz: .Hopefully someone else will have more clarity.

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Thanks Roan - Both pictures have been taken in Kruger in February.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:43 pm

Cisticolas continue to baffle me :wall: The first one I saw near Olifants in KNP on 25 April 2012. I'd thought that it was Levaillant's, only now, reading in another thread, it seems that Levaillant's doesn't occur in KNP? So it might be rattling or wailing or rufouswinged? :hmz:

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This second one I saw at Nylsvley (Limpopo) on 27 April 2012. Is it a Levaillant's?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MattAxel » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:22 pm

To me they both look like Rattling.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Ladybirder » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:02 pm

First one Rattling cisticola
second one definitely not Levaillant's, it has more black markings on back.It looks also like a Rattling.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:45 am

Thanks so much, MattAxel and Ladybirder! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johannes van Niekerk » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:23 am

Took this in Kruger on the H7 between Orpen and Satara

My guess is Rufous-winged Cisticola, but these lbj's confuse the $%*&^$# out of me!

The light was terrible, and I had to brighten up the shadows some to reveal detail and colors on the wings.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:42 am

Hi Johannes

Cisticola's are really difficult to ID out in the field, even harder on an image alone. Best way to ID them is by call, but I would say this looks like a Rattling Cisticola which is by far the most abundant Cisticola in the KNP and especially around Satara.

Rufous Winged Cisticola, which I haven't even seen yet, is not a very common bird in KNP and the habitat around Satara also doesn't really support them. I don't have a field gudie with me, but from what I can remember they enjoy marshy, wetland area's.

Rattling Cisticola's are very much bushveld birds which thrives in the habitat around Satara.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:55 am

Rattling Cisticola. :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:03 am

Agreed, it's a Rattling Cisticola. I would say the only 2 long-tailed Cisticolas you would really find in the habitat around Satara are Rattling and Croaking, and this bird's bill is too small for Croaking.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johannes van Niekerk » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:12 am

This one was seen in Kruger in the Letaba area.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:41 am

Most probable candidate would be Rattling Cisticola
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Panekoek » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:38 pm

Hi Guys :)

I love the bush and go quite often and I have started taking a keen interest in birds. I try my best to spot and identify the smaller ones but its so hard!! Here are a two from my latest trips that I am struggling to identify. Help would be greatly appreciated :)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:37 pm

Let's see what the other guy's (& dolls) say.

Sabota lark - not sure here.

The colouration makes me doubt.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:37 am

The bird seen at Lower Sabie is probably a Rattling Cisticola, unfortunately difficult to make accurate ID because the bird was probably wet which makes it hard to see all the feautures.. but based on how it is sitting on top of a bush screaming his lungs out, points to Rattling Cisticola.


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