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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:42 pm

I'm no expert, but African has a brown cap and back.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:45 pm

and Jameson's seems to be more north :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:26 am

Hi guys.. The habitat for African Firefinch is mostly a big factor. They are birds that prefer dense inland and coastal forest areas. The only place which offers the type of habitat for them in KNP is most likely way up north in Punda and down in Berg 'n Dal.

The dry mopane area in Tzendse is really not the type of habitat they prefer so this is 100% Jameson Firefinch..

Also what BB said. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:37 am

thank you DotDan :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:43 am

I can't see the photos, but I wouldn't be surprised if African Firefinch did pitch up at Tsendze with its lush environment.

The main difference between African and Jameson's Firefinch is that the African Firefinch has a grey crown and nape, where the Jameson's has a pink crown and nape.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:51 am

thank you, is very flagrant on your pictures, beautiful pictures

my problem was the places... :? :redface:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:26 am

Thanks anne-marie, glad to help. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:05 pm

Thanks for the confirmations - at last I can tick it off! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby johanclassen » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:19 am

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Very busy little birds and this unusual angle gave me the best shot. Pafuri a week ago. I have a feeling that this might be Lesser Seedcrackers and not Red-billed Firefinches like the previous posting. Help appreciated-tnx :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ladybirder » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:07 pm

Johanclassen, I'm affraid its not a Seedcracker, but yet again firefinch, this time Jamesons Firefinch, the African Firefinch has more grys on the crown and nape.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:16 pm

@ Johan, Lesser Seedcracker would be way out of range for Pafuri and a major rarity for South Africa. They have an all red head and forehead, which as you can see this bird does not have.

Great shot though :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby johanclassen » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:47 pm

@ Ladybirder and DotDan..tnx for the info. Appreciated. The female shld have made it clear to me. :doh:

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pawps » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:17 am

We recently spotted these two at Vic Falls and would like some ID confirmation please. Thinking Jamieson's firefinch. If it's taboo to list non-SA sightings, please ignore my request.

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Re: ID help please

Unread postby Philip1 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:37 am

Hi Pawps, to my info.....you are correct with both and found in SA. :)
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Re: Firefinch: Jameson's

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:58 pm

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