Skip to Content

Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
pnm
Posts: 209
Joined: Fri May 30, 2008 2:33 pm
Location: Paarl

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:03 pm

Hello all

Cisticolas drive me crazy. I got my first ever - the Levaillant's- and ever since then I have managed to ID lots, but got all the IDs wrong! So I am here to ask the fundis to see if my suggestion is reasonable.

I have spent about a week trying all permutations (I don't just put a bird on and just ask for ID - that is no way to learn and anyway defeats the fun of hunting through the books).

I was at Ndumo two weeks ago and got these three photos of the same bird - but like all birds it was not cooperative.

I am going for Rattling Cisticola based based on the fact that it is in the right area (and Levaillant's - my first thought - is just extralimital in Ndumo), has the right coloured head , has the mottled greyish brown back (as noted in Roberts) without the clear rufous wing panel of the Levaillants.

If I am wrong - so be it! If it cannot be ID becaseub the hptos atre too unclear i won't be hurt if you say so.

I like cisticolas; they just drive me cray, that 's all!

Image


Image


Image

Keep well all
Pete
Pete

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5508
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:47 am

I agree with your Rattling Cisticola id. :thumbs_up:
668
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana, Citrine Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

Ladybirder
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 447
Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:09 pm

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Ladybirder » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:50 am

:thumbs_up: on both.

User avatar
KobusF
Posts: 74
Joined: Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:20 am
Location: Middelburg

Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby KobusF » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:24 pm

Hi friends... some help please. Photo was taken June 2013 near Crocodile bridge on the S28.

2 ??
Image
13/6 tot 16/6 2015 Mopani
17/12 tot 21/12 2015 Onder Sabie
27/12 tot 2/1 2016 Letaba

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2621
Awards: Birder of the Year (2014) & Sighting of the Year - Birds (2013)
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:14 pm

KobusF wrote:Hi friends... some help please. Photo was taken June 2013 near Crocodile bridge on the S28.


The second bird was photographed at the most challenging angle for cisticola ID, but Rattling is the most probable candidate.
671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

User avatar
KobusF
Posts: 74
Joined: Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:20 am
Location: Middelburg

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby KobusF » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:59 pm

Thanks for the id on my lbj Johan i am looking for that earier post on diagnostic views of cisticola tails so that i can learn.

Also thanks wildtuinman for your confirmation.
13/6 tot 16/6 2015 Mopani
17/12 tot 21/12 2015 Onder Sabie
27/12 tot 2/1 2016 Letaba

User avatar
huntsman
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Location: Jo'Burg

Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby huntsman » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:53 pm

Shot this bird in Ndumo last week and am unable to ID it. Perhaps you guys & ladies can assist?

Image


Image
A bird in the hand...belongs in the bush!

Canon 7D / Canon 100-400mm 4.6-5.6 IS EF / Canon 28-85mm 2.8 EF

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2621
Awards: Birder of the Year (2014) & Sighting of the Year - Birds (2013)
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:49 pm

Huntsman, this bird is a rattling cisticola.
671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

User avatar
huntsman
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Location: Jo'Burg

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby huntsman » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:19 pm

WOW!

Thank you very much, Johan!
A bird in the hand...belongs in the bush!

Canon 7D / Canon 100-400mm 4.6-5.6 IS EF / Canon 28-85mm 2.8 EF

User avatar
huntsman
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Location: Jo'Burg

Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby huntsman » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:42 pm

Here are several birds that I am struggling with. I have an idea for three of them but may be well off base. Any assistance is appreciated...

Image
Image
A bird in the hand...belongs in the bush!

Canon 7D / Canon 100-400mm 4.6-5.6 IS EF / Canon 28-85mm 2.8 EF

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4218
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:12 pm

huntsman wrote:Here are several birds that I am struggling with. I have an idea for three of them but may be well off base. Any assistance is appreciated...

huntsman, can you perhaps tell us where and when you saw these birds, location and time of year are helpful information needed for ID.
RSA 2015
1-30 June Darling
30 June-8 July National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
8-15 July Mountain Zebra
16-22 July Cape Town
* * *
16-28 November Cape Town
29 November-20 January Darling

User avatar
huntsman
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Location: Jo'Burg

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby huntsman » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:16 pm

Good point, arks -

1. Ndumo - Oct

:wink:
A bird in the hand...belongs in the bush!

Canon 7D / Canon 100-400mm 4.6-5.6 IS EF / Canon 28-85mm 2.8 EF

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2621
Awards: Birder of the Year (2014) & Sighting of the Year - Birds (2013)
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:52 am

That helped!

#1 - Very young rattling cisticola: bill shape and size
671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

User avatar
huntsman
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Location: Jo'Burg

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby huntsman » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:07 am

Thanks Johan - glad I checked!

I was wrong on 1 ...
A bird in the hand...belongs in the bush!

Canon 7D / Canon 100-400mm 4.6-5.6 IS EF / Canon 28-85mm 2.8 EF

maretam
Posts: 67
Joined: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby maretam » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:51 am

Hi All

I'm busy sorting through all my pics and identifying those I haven't yet. I have a few I.Ds that needs to be confirmed.
All three seen in Pilanesberg in November.

Neddicky?
Image


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”