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Identification Help - LBJs

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:15 pm

Albert wrote:Non-breeding/female Southern Red Bishop? Buff/yellowish eyebrow. streaking underneath and quite a short tail. But then again, in January I would expect the male to be in breeding plumage? So female then?

My 2 cents....

Thanks for the suggestion, Albert, but there were no red bishops -- at least in breeding plummage -- around at all, which is why I was thinking of alternatives ... But then again .... :hmz:

Anyone else have any thoughts on this one?
arks wrote:I'm struggling with this one :wall: possibly a female yellowfronted canary or even a female (or nonbreeding) yellow bishop? But both of those should have a yellow rump and I can't see the rump on this bird :roll: Am I missing something obvious?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:27 am

:lol: :lol: this is all very confusing and exceptionally frustrating at the same time as I cannot see most of the photos being posted and I am unable to log on to the forum.

My Lark comment was in reply to Karin's bird 2 pages ago.

Anyhoo.

Karin's Bronkhorstspruit bird is certainly a pipit. Which one is a tough question and it would take a brave man to distinguish between Long-billed and African especially when the retrice on the tail seems more white(African) than buff(Long-billed). :wall:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:43 am

wildtuinman wrote:Karin's Bronkhorstspruit bird is certainly a pipit. Which one is a tough question and it would take a brave man to distinguish between Long-billed and African especially when the retrice on the tail seems more white(African) than buff(Long-billed). :wall:


Thank you - I will study both in a bit more detail and see if I can get closer to a positive ID. Long-billed would be a lifer, but I'd rather leave it as unidentified than make the wrong ID (but it would be a shame to leave such a pretty bird without an ID!).

I am also getting a new bird book soon :dance: :dance: :dance: maybe I'll find the answer there!


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