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Ha! I knew it!! Hehe Ok that was just a little obstacle :wink:

a) Kittlitz's Plover
b) I would think straight away
c) Wide open shorelines inland waters, especially shallow saline waters. Short grass on airfields, playing fields and dry pans.
d) Yes, during the day.
Breeding season: September in Zimbabwe. Mainly July-October in Transvaal. Mainly July-September in Natal. Mainly Winter Months (According to water levels)
Incubation: both sexes by night but female at day. If eggs are left during the day, eggs covered with nest material by quick foot movements.
Chick: Cared for by both parents.
Nest: Deep scrape or hoofprint, filled with bits of of soil, small stones and dry plant fragments. Usually fully exposed on open shoreline or stubbly field. Often colonial, adjacent nests only few meters apart.
e) Diet: insects, crustaceans, molluscs, worms.
Forages for food on open dry mud and short grass, usually close to water. The specific name means a grazer, referring to the grassland habitat. Hunts usually by sight.

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I didn't think you'd have a problem with that one :)

Perfect answer by the way. no need for me to give answers

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a. Identify this bird
b. At what times of the year are these birds generally found?
c. Discuss the breeding biology of this bird and the nest.
d. Discuss the feeding behaviour of this bird and on what it feeds.
e. What habitat do they prefer?
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I got a chinese painted quail at home.. They look really similar to these guys..

a) Harlequin Quail
b) September-early May
c) Season: peak January-February in Zimbabwe. July- September in Namibia (varies with rainfall).
Incubation: 17-20 days by female only.
Nest: Sparesly lined scrape on ground, in grass, crops or weed. Often among scattered tufts of shortish grass with runways between. Eggs get moved to a new spot if disturbed.
Breeding males: fight vigorously, vocal morning and evening. Often several males together.
d) Diet: seeds, shoots, leaves, insects, snails.
Forages on ground for food. Have good eye sight whe it comes to catching insects.
e) Rank grass in moist grassland, borders of vleis and fallow of lands.

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Hey Candy's Style, shouldn't you be doing homework :lol:
Give us poor 9-5 people a chance, I'm impressed with your bird knowledge, way to go girl :shock:
Hope you are going to make it a career.


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Freda wrote:
Give us poor 9-5 people a chance

Ditto for those of us in other time zones, please??

Jonty, perhaps you could wait a minimum of 24 hours before giving (or acknowledging) the correct answer? That way, more people get the chance to participate 8) :wink:

I think it's a cool quizz and I enjoy learning, but often by the time I even see one new entry there have been 2 or 3 different birds posted and answered :( :x


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I will start making it one a day. Anyway, i don't think i'll have time to do 2 a day with my exams at moment.

So i'll post a new one in late afternoon everyday :wink:
I'll be back around 5pm :D

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HEy Freda,
This is my homework :wink: hehe..
It will be a great pleasure to work with birds in the future but that's still a long time away :(

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:D Heres the answer:
a. Identify this bird
Harlequin Quail
b. At what times of the year are these birds generally found?
Since they are migrants, they are generally found in the summer during September to may. Their time of arrival, however, depends on the local conditions of food and cover.
c. Discuss the breeding biology of this bird and the nest.
Breeds October to march. They nest a shallow scrape on ground, sparsely lined with grass and rootlets. They lay approx 4-8 eggs.
d. Discuss the feeding behaviour of this bird and on what it feeds.
They feed on small envertibrates and larvae. They also feed on seeds of plants, grasses and weeds. They feed mainly late afternoon to sunset and food is pecked off the ground.
e. What habitat do they prefer?
They occupy mainly tropical areas.

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a. Identify this bird.
b. Is this bird endemic to south Africa? Discuss the preferred habitat.
c. Discuss the behaviour of the male when the female is perched on her nest.
d. Discuss the feeding behaviour of this bird and on what it feeds.
e. Discuss the breeding biology of this bird.
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Congrats on your horns :clap: :dance: !!
Hope you get many more!!

I'll send my answers tomorrow so other people can answer..

PS: It's a Sentinel Rock Thrush

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I will have a go :wink:
a. Sentinel Rock Thrush (if incorrect please ignore the rest :roll: )
b. Yes endemic and likes mountainous and rocky terrain.
c. The male gives an alarm call if the nest is threatened and she flys off.
d. Perches on a stone or stump then hops to it's prey, stabs it and swallows it and returns to the lookout, eats insects, ants, beetles, moths, caterpillars.
e. Monogamous, female builds the nest in a crevice or under rock and often uses the same nest for a few years.

Congrats on the horns, Jonty :dance:


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a. Shorttoed rockthrush
b.No But does live in the sorthern part of africa. Rocky outcrops, koppies, excarpments, river valleys.
c. Dont know
d. insects, scorpions, seeds
e. breeds between september and jan in transvaal.


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real amatuer here.


Me too, timbo, but it sure makes learning fun :wink:


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I know hey.

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Glad you guys are participating :D

At least its not just me now :dance:

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We need your answer, Candy's Style :wink:


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