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Petronia, Yellow-throated

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:29 pm

Here are 2 pix shot on different occasions of a YTP. The thing that strikes me most in comparing it with your bird is the general drab greyish colour and the very obvious eyebrow. Bill shape and general appearance also fits. As you regularly see the bird you can now compare at your leisure. Again, your location can be interesting because the bird's distribution area ends east of Cape Town.

Check the back of your bird - that will be the clincher. You may have a regional rarity in your backyard!

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671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

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Petronia, Yellow-throated

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:53 pm

Yellow-throated Petronia, Petronia superciliaris, often has had me confused as to its identity, especially if I have not seen it for a while. This should not be the case as the broad, buff eyebrow is straight, narrowing towards the back. This is unlike any other seedeater and once this feature is in the memory banks, confusion should be eliminated. The yellow patch on its throat for which this bird is named is not all that obvious to see at first and often close scrutiny of high-quality photographs are necessary before this feature becomes noticeable. This is especially so for juveniles like the bird shown here – they lack this feature completely.

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The petronia likes savannah woodland with sparse ground cover. It is a quiet bird and inconspicuous, often seen alone or in pairs, very infrequently 20 odd birds will flock together, more so in winter. It roosts in holes in trees throughout the year and it is often observed inspecting new potential roosting sites. It feeds on seeds, nectar of some flowers, notably various aloes and takes some insects like moths and spiders gleaned from tree branches.
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Unread postby josey » Wed May 07, 2008 11:30 am

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Is this also a Yellow-throated Petronia? I saw it at Imfolozi in Natal over the long weekend. What was it's old name?
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed May 07, 2008 1:51 pm

Jehoshaphat,

Looking at Joe's picture I would say that your guess is spot on. I unfortunately have no idea what the old name was.

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Unread postby Jose » Wed May 07, 2008 2:58 pm

Jehoshaphat wrote:Yellow-throated Petronia <...> old name?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby ivan » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:55 pm

Thanx u2
Here is one from sunday at Mkuze Yellow-throated Petronia???

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:03 pm

Ivan,
Spot on. Nice photo!

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:29 pm

Agreed :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Batmad » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:25 pm

agreed! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:43 am

Hi there!

Would anyone agree that this is an African yellow-throated petronia (sparrow)?

Seen 6 September 2009 at Three Rondavels.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:09 am

Hi Darth,

:thumbs_up: Petronia.

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Re: Petronia, Yellow-throated

Unread postby Flutterby » Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:11 pm

Taken in the Pilanesberg in April 2010.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:24 pm

Good evening to all the fundis

My son and I are embroiled in a friendly birding competition. Here is a LBJ that he and I are completely baffled by.

He is a Sasol man and I am a Roberts man but neither of us can get this one. We give our attempts at recognition:

We were both convinced this one is a Bunting of some sort but couldn't get closer than that. The very prominent head stripe had us looking carefully but we couldn't reach agreement. It was taken near Mopane KNP in April.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:36 am

Hi there Pete

This bird is a Yellow-Throated Petronia. :wink:


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