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Starlings, Wattled

Unread postby restio » Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:10 pm

Wattled Starlings

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Saw them about a week ago in the Kgalagadi. There was a flock of 20+ and they were perched at the top of an acacia near a waterhole, towards sunset. From time to time some of them would fly off, and others would fly in to join the flock.

It's not completely clear in this photo, but they seemed to have a yellowish tinge around the eye. Based on that, the best ID I could think of was wattled starling (non-breeding plumage, obviously).
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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:51 pm

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Unread postby richardharris » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:00 pm

loads in the Kruger (at least there were in February!).

Most of the large flocks of starling sized birds turn out to be these. Males are amazing in summer breeding plumage. The only other bird with yellow / orange around the eye is the kurrichane thrush - but this has orange beak and legs as well.

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Watteld starlings

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:15 pm

hi all

i was wondering if anyone has seen watteld starlings and where? if you could please tell me i would really appreciate it :mrgreen:

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Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:26 pm

I saw them south of Lower Sabie just after turning off on to the Duke road from the S28. It is the only time I have ever seen them!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:26 pm

I have!!!! In Addo :D:D:D Oct 2007
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:44 am

Batmad,

I saw literally thousands of them in November last year on the Zaagkuil road about 60kms north of Pretoria. They were actively breeding there and there is no doubt in my mind that that is the best place and time to go and find them, especially for someone living in Gauteng.

Also saw them in Vereeniging on a few occasions.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:51 am

Saw this one in Karoo NP last weekend. Michele Nel told me what it is. Can anyone confirm please.
There were a few together.

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Unread postby arks » Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:59 pm

They look like (nonbreeding) wattled starlings to me, BB. A cropped pic of a single bird might make definitive ID easier?
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:00 pm

Howzat arks?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:15 pm

Can someone please help with the ID of these birds: large flocks of them seen between Lower SAbie and Tshokwane. Could it be pratincoles?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:17 pm

Those look like wattled starlings to me, Yolande. Do you have any closer pix?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:25 am

I agree, they do look like Wattled Starlings.

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:00 pm

and two more please :D

5) Wattled Starling ?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:38 pm

anne-marie wrote:thanks a lot arks and deefstes :D
not easy to identify :?

You're getting better with your IDs all the time, anne-marie :thumbs_up:

For your next two birds, I don't know what the first one is, but I don't think it's a wattled starling. ... where did you see it? :hmz:
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