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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:30 pm

Here's another that has me mystified (and it doesn't help that the day was overcast and the pix quite dark, so I've tried to "lighten" them, plus the birdie was quite far away), seen on 20 October 2008 along the H1-7. My guesses, from what looks closest in my Newman's, are perhaps a juvenile pied mannikin? Or a female pintailed whydah?? (Or more likely some sort of sparrow or female weaver??) I think I'm really "reaching" here? :roll: :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:47 pm

Southern Grey Headed Sparrow :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johann » Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:27 am

Yip, what Justin said.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:34 pm

Thanks, Justin and Johann. Knew it was likely something obvious :wink: :roll:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Jumbo » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:43 am

Maybe I’m just plain stupid, but the following bird has me bowled-out :redface: …seen in our garden in Bryanston, JHB
It’s got a very light eye and on all the photos I took, the head seems quite big…unfortunately it did not turn around and I was not able to see its back….seems to be rufous....help, please :D

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:40 pm

It looks like a southern grey headed sparrow to me.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Jumbo » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:24 pm

Thank you Peter :D
I tend to agree with you….have been chatting to an expert off-forum who also think it might be a Southern Grey-headed Sparrow….we are however still trying to figured out the very light eye colour. One can argue that this is merely due to the sun shining directly into the bird’s eye….but looking all the descriptions in my various literature, it appears to me the Southern grey-headed Sparrow has a brown iris….from the initial photo I posted, and the following one….the iris looks very pale….and have to be honest, this is why the bird looked odd to me and prompted me to take photos of it.
I’m wondering if this is not possibly an abnormality?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:14 am

Hello there,

If anyone can confirm these sightings for me, it would be greatly appreciated! They were all seen in KNP in September 2009.

3. I think this one is a Neddicky?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:36 am

Wingman,

Thanks for that!!

You think #3 is a grey-headed sparrow? The beak didn't look like a sparrow to me, that's how I came up with Neddicky.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:24 am

Grey-headed Sparrow. The neddicky is much smaller like the size of a prinia/cisticola and tends to be very scruffy in appearance.

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby jnaflwr » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:09 pm

Can you please help me with the id of this bird?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:40 pm

jnaflwr, could you please tell us where and when you saw this bird? Without at least some further information, ID is impossible.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:50 pm

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby jnaflwr » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:56 am

Sorry for not listing where the pictures were from. This one was from Madikwe.

Thanks for the help,

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:21 am

Please could someone help with these birds all taken this morning in my garden.
Some may be the same!!! They look different in some lights!!
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