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Stonechat, African

Unread postby leopardspotter » Sun Oct 09, 2005 8:40 pm

Please help ID this bird, photographed at West Coast NP

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:35 am

It looks like a stonechat although the throat seems a little bit too white. I say African Stonechat.
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Unread postby j-ms » Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:36 am

Looks like too much white below the throat for a Stonechat male unless the bird is looking AWAY from the camera (can't really see) which means the white is its shoulder patch.

I'd go with a Stonechat male. Right locality, right perching place.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:41 am

I agree, thats why I also said too much white. But the bird is a bit far away and the angle of the head like you said is not 100% recognisable.
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Unread postby lam » Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:49 am

In the second picture, but not the first, he is sitting in a typical Stonechat pose.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:52 am

It could also be a cape batis. The photo is not to clear unfortunately.
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Unread postby lam » Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:58 am

Cape Batis are seldom seen out of trees.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:59 am

wildtuinman wrote:It could also be a cape batis. The photo is not to clear unfortunately.


I can't make out any russet colour on the back so I rule out cape batis. I will stick with my first guess which is African Stonechat.
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Unread postby j-ms » Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:05 am

Definitely not Cape Batis environment. Also, Cape Batis has a distinct grey cap.

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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:36 am

j-ms wrote:Looks like too much white below the throat for a Stonechat male unless the bird is looking AWAY from the camera (can't really see) which means the white is its shoulder patch.

I'd go with a Stonechat male. Right locality, right perching place.


I agree with you and WTM on this on.
As you said right locality, Typical perching on a stick, the tail etc.
I'm sure it's just the angle of the pic that the white shoulder patch seems infront. Sure the head is just turned a bit.
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Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:32 pm

Have to agree, African Stonechat. Right habit and habitat.

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Stonechat, African

Unread postby Anja » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:44 pm

This one I saw on the s29
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Who can help me with the id?

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Unread postby arks » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:56 pm

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:32 pm

Could you please help me with this guy... Seen in the Pretoria area in Gauteng...

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