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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:45 pm

Male taken in Nylstroom yesterday.

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:48 pm

Pretoriuskop. August 2010

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue May 24, 2011 8:56 am

Eish, I know I'm pushing my luck, the lighting was awful. I only bothered to play around with the photo now. This was taken in Suikerbosrand in the rocky bits after the Hotel complex.

Eastern Long-billed or Spike-heeled lark? Or something different? Or so bad you can't recognize it at all. :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue May 24, 2011 9:23 am

GP, not a female sunbird? Maybe White-bellied
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue May 24, 2011 9:35 am

:hmz: Quite possible indeed for where we saw it.

It's just such an awful photograph! :lol:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue May 24, 2011 9:49 am

Hehe. Look carefully at the bill though.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby ross hawkins » Tue May 24, 2011 11:47 am

Possibly female Amethyst Sunbird

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby mel123 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:53 pm

I noticed a weird looking bird at the feeder in my garden (Potch) and went out with my camera to get a picture of it. Turns out it is a weaver losing his breeding colours (giving me a few interesting moments trying to figure it out), but as I was aiming my camera at him, this sunbird landed in the bottlebrush right next to me. I only had time to turn and snap this one picture (slightly blurred) before it took off. :cam:

Is it a female Marico sunbird? The black on the throat is confusing me a bit.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Maxwell » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:32 pm

Is it not an immature Black (Amethyst) Sunbird?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby mel123 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:08 pm

Maxwell wrote:Is it not an immature Black (Amethyst) Sunbird?


Hi Maxwell, my guide books are a bit shy of good pics or descriptions of juvenile sunbirds.
I've looked at pics of Amethyst sunbirds on Birdpics and it seems to fit. Thanks so much for steering me in the right direction!

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:58 am

I need once again the help from the experts :lol:

Saw this little chap on the S120 (Steilberg) road in Kruger in February.

Could this be a juvenile Malachite sunbird???

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:44 pm

Definitely not malachite Pumbaa.

But it doesn't look anything like its parents, so it is rather difficult.

My guess would be juvenile scarlet chested or white bellied.
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