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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby gatita » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:04 pm

they were cropped already :redface: but cropped more

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:57 am

A very important feature is the outer retrices that appears to be white. This disqualifies both mountain and long-billed pipits. So, by process of elimination, I'll say we are left with African...
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby gatita » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:21 pm

thank you, Johan :gflower:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Albert » Mon May 04, 2015 11:04 am

I photographed this in Kruger, more specifically in April on the Timbavati loop. According to me this is a Cisticola (stop me at any time if I stray…).
According to the information I have the Cisticolas in the KNP are limited to Zitting, Desert, Rattling, Red-faced, Rufous-winged, Croaking and Lazy Cisticolas and the Neddicky. This bird appears to be a large, long-tailed Cisticola with apparent markings on the back. This excludes the small, plain-backed Cisticolas, and therefore Neddicky and Red-faced can be excluded.
The bird appears to have a rufous crown and wing panel. This appears to exclude the Zitting and Desert, as they have distinctly streaked crowns and are small Cisticolas. This leaves Rattling, Rufous-winged, Croaking and Lazy. This bird was spotted on the Timbavati Loop, close to a river, but this does not constitute a wetland, which is typically where we would find Rufous-winged. Also, the tail does not appear to be gray, which would be the case for Rufous-winged. It does not appear to be large enough to be a Croaking (and the bill is not heavy enough?).
My reasoning therefore comes to a choice between Lazy and Rattling. According to Faansie’s book there is no rufous on the wings of the Lazy. This leaves Rattling Cisticola?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 04, 2015 11:54 am

Great process leads to a great outcome, Albert!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Mon May 04, 2015 8:16 pm

Saw cisticolas in the Skukuza / L.S. areas. I settled on lazy, but I will have another look and follow Albert's method and see if I stick to my ID or not!


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