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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:15 pm 
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Hi troops,

I don't have any clinical evidence to support or refute whether blue waxbills use wasps as a nesting defence mechanism, but some of you may have seen David Attenborough's "Life of Birds" series (If not you don't know what you are missing). In that there was footage of another petite bird species (I don't think it was a blue waxbill and cannot even recall if it was an African species or not), using proximity to wasp nests in selecting nest sites. (I have a feeling it was a penduline tit).

I would suggest that the scientific debate as to whether such behaviour is learned, inherent or purely coincidental is a very difficult thing to prove and will depend on the individual scepticism of the individual concerned. Personally while I can't say I've ever noticed the behaviour myself, I would think that the annecdotal evidence is such that there has to be times when the birds in question do it on purpose.

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 Post subject: Re: Waxbill, Blue
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Hi all,

I have always been fascinated by the Blue Waxbill but have never been fortunate enough to see and photograph one despite my frequent travels to the Kruger and keen interest on birding.

As silly a question as it may sound, does anyone know of any specific camps/hides/locations that this magnificent bird is known to be occuring? Of course I understand that one can hardly pin-point the locations of any bird like this but I thought it might be worth a shotas I am yet to come across one.

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 Post subject: Re: Waxbill, Blue
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Actually, if you decide to enter by Phalaborwa gate you'll be slow...
They are there. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Waxbill, Blue
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N'Shumba, we saw many on our Bushman's trail, close to Berg n Dal. We were also fortunate enough to be able to get a really close view of the nests. I have also seen some in the LS tented camp.

If you want to treat yourself to an experience of a life time, think of doing the Bushman's trail.

They are the most delightful a beautiful of birds. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Waxbill, Blue
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Hi N'shumba :D

The Blue Waxbill is a gorgeous little bird isn't it?

The fact is that you don't particularly need to visit KNP to see these birds as they are quite common around the city area's as well... Where are you from BTW?

Just a little bit of advice for finding Blue Waxbills... They are normally found with Red-billed Firefinches, so if you see the one then the other wont be too far away...

I have seen them all over the place on my last visit, from Skukuza camp, Tshokwane, Satara, Olifants Nwanetsi, Orpen... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Waxbill, Blue
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Seen in bush just outside the entrance to Lower Sabie sightings board area.
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Lower Sabie is a good place to see blue waxbills.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi, I need a lot of help identifying birds! I've got lots and lots of birds that need identification! But I´ll start with 14. I'd be very glad if you could help me. It would also help if you get tell me how you identified them.
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All of them were seen in the south of Kruger.

Ps. If you need more pic's of the same bird, just ask.


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If you have a bird book, I am sure that you can ID many of them yourself :wink:


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Well said, Micetta. :lol:

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I'm no expert, but I'd say that:

2. is a blue waxbill

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Micetta,
yes I do have a photographic bird guide and I identified about 50 birds, but these birds I just couldn´t manage to place.
I see I made a mistake including the kurrichane thrush and the arrow marked babbler, because I already had identified those.

thanks OWN :D

If number 2 is a blue waxbill, then why does it have a brown and black head? and a brown tummy?


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Thanks very much! I just realised Blue Waxbills do have brown tummy's, so that is really a blue waxbill :redface:


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Hi Mwt,

OWN had ID'd 2 for you. (I agree with his ID)

Hope this helps.

Just seen PL's post as I hit the submit button. I think you have them all now between us :D

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