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Wagtail, Cape

Unread postby arks » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:39 pm

I don't find a topic for this bird, so here's my contribution

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Tue Oct 31, 2006 4:29 pm

These are the cutest birds ever, very common in Cape Town & they are extremely tame, I see them quite often in supermarkets & they are daily visitors to my dog's food bowl in my upstairs living room. :)

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:35 am

They are very cute... they become very used to humans.

It is the smallest bird that can "walk". Have a look at it. It walks one leg after the other, like us humans. Common(Indian) Mynah is another bird that walks. Most birds "hop" around.
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Unread postby arks » Thu Nov 02, 2006 2:34 am

Thanks for that intriguing info, WTM. I hadn't noticed that or ever read about it either. 8) I love watching wagtails, very cute and energetic. And usually reasonably tame, tho I've never been lucky enough to find one that lets me get really close.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:59 am

My dad has two wagtails who just digs cheddar cheese. He rolls it up in lil balls and they walk straight into his kitchen to come fetch it. Saw one once eating from the breakfast pan on the stove. :lol:
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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:44 am

Most birds eat cheese. I sometimes put small pieces with the seed on my feeder and it last maybe 5mins at the most.

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Unread postby arks » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:58 am

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Unread postby naomi c » Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:51 pm

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:12 pm

Here is another one: also seen at Hadeda hide: at first I thought it is a Cape Wagtail, but now looking at the photo?? :huh:
It has a small supercilium, small chest band, BUT the throat is white with a yellow stain, and the flanks are also yellow???

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:04 pm

Yolandé Oelsen wrote:Here is another one: also seen at Hadeda hide: at first I thought it is a Cape Wagtail, but now looking at the photo?? :huh:
It has a small supercilium, small chest band, BUT the throat is white with a yellow stain, and the flanks are also yellow???

What do you guys think?


Your ID is right. This is a juvenile bird.
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Idenfitication Help - General Birds

Unread postby Flutterby » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:41 pm

I know these aren't the clearest pics but I need some help please. :pray:

Is this a wagtail of some sort?

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:49 pm

Flutterby, Cape Wagtail. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:59 pm

I think this might be a wagtail??? but not sure which one?
Sorry it's not a better photo, but he just dipped in our birdbath, and flew off!!!



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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby mel123 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:22 pm

I'm not an expert birder, but I'd say Cape wagtail.
The African Pied wagtail is more black and white, Grey wagtail has a yellow vent, Citrine wagtail has yellow on the head, and the Western Yellow wagtail is more greenish.
The only other option I see is a Mountain wagtail, but that is more white underneath, not greyish, and has bluegrey upperparts. This looks more normal grey.
The breastband makes me think its definitely a wagtail, but lets hear what the experts say! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby davejenny » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:36 pm

Crested Val - definitely a Cape Wagtail

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