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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:06 pm 
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It is a Rattling Cisticola. If you see a Cisticola in the Kruger, 99% of the time it's a Rattler.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Can someone please help me with the id of these two???

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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.

good luck


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

Once more thanks :gflower:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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To me they both look like Rattling.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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Rattling Cisticola. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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This one was seen in Kruger in the Letaba area.

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Most probable candidate would be Rattling Cisticola

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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 :)

Kind regards to all.

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