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Batis: Chinspot Batis

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:28 am

Seen in LS.

Male and female.

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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:20 am

Male and female. :? I wish I could see a difference?
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Unread postby Johann » Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:35 am

DuQues wrote:Male and female. :? I wish I could see a difference?


Top pic is the male. Black band across an all-white chest.

Bottom pic is female. She's got rufous/chestnut colouring on the throat and chest. No black band.
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Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:43 am

They are stunning little birds. Saw plenty of them in LS camp. You can normally hear them with their loud clapping sound before you see them.

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:28 am

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This male was battling off Cape Weavers, Blackeyed Bulbuls and Southern Boubous from eating his family's chicks, I remember seeing 3 chicks and only 1 survived. So these guys seem to have a hard life.
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Chinspot Batis
Batis molitor

Male is similar to the Pririt Batis & Mozambique Batis. But the Pririrt Batis has indistinct, black markings on flanks which the Chinspot Batis lacks. While the Mozambique Batis has a narrow breast band. These birds however all have different distinct calls.

Size: 13 cm.
Sexes: Female has distinct rufous spot on chin.
Juvenile: Similar to female, but has mottled head and breast.
Habitat: Dry broadleafed woodland, dry thornveld.
Status: Commom.
Call: Clear, descending 'teuu-teuu-teuu'. Harsh 'chrr-chrr'.

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Unread postby Andy Pay » Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:16 pm

I got this shot at Shimunwini last August:
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:27 am

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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:35 am

Nice pic WTM :thumbs_up:
You can see who's interested in the females and who in the males :tongue:

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Unread postby naomi c » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:56 am

Beautiful pics Jumbo! They are so tiny but so stunning!

When we were camping in Maroela a few years back in September I was absolutely amazed that such a small bird can make such a big sound - I will always associate "three blind mice" (there are apparently other versions of the call) with this camp.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:16 am

Roberts explains:

Voice: Song of male somewhat plaintive piping of 2-3 syllables, dropping by about quarter-tone, weep-woop or weep-woop-wurp; sometimes with rolling quality, kreep-kroop, or with variations, kreep-kroop-chowp or weep-woop-chuk; rapid ch-ch-ch-ch alarm notes, rather like fine sandpaper on wood; churring and bill-snapping in display.
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Unread postby Cherries » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:11 pm

Andy Pay wrote:I got this shot at Shimunwini last August:
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Andy - playing catchup so I hope you are still in the game? Your female pic is so text book ! Real little poser!

One day I hope I can also take pics as good as this one! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Batis: Chinspot Batis

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:13 pm

Taken at Matambeni bird hide, KNP, Aug 2008:
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:47 pm

Wow, these are stunning little birds. :o
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Re: Batis: Chinspot Batis

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:38 pm

Finally spotted one in Skukuza in August. It was a male, near the petrol station, I didn't get very good pictures, he was far. :(
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ludwig » Wed May 12, 2010 3:01 pm

Hello birders,

working on my most recent pictures from Krugerpark I have to recognise:
The more I try the less I can!

I am still not able to identify some birds. Especially starlings.
Greater blue-eared glossy starling or Cape glossy starling . . . . and so on?

Are you willing to help me?

Best regards,

Ludwig

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