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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue May 03, 2011 1:31 pm

Tx PL.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue May 03, 2011 1:41 pm

I'm not sure about the Pipit. :hmz: According to Roberts the Buffy Pipit has a plain, sandy brown unstreaked back whereas my one does have pale streaks. Could it be a Bushveld Pipit?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pantera leo » Tue May 03, 2011 6:02 pm

Hi Flutterby, I'll stick with Buffy on this one the "streaking" you are seeing might just be from the feathers being a bit worn. Bushveld Pipit has clear markings which are very prominent. Have a look at THIS LINK. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue May 03, 2011 6:06 pm

Thanks PL...I'm happy with that as it's a new one for me!! :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Flutterby » Thu May 05, 2011 7:48 am

Now I'm totally confused, someone else tells me it's an African Pipit!! :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon May 09, 2011 8:21 am

Flutterby wrote:Now I'm totally confused, someone else tells me it's an African Pipit!! :hmz:


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Niall is referreing to another Pipit pix... posted by Lionspoon. We have two Pipit ID threads running simultaneously!

Even tho' your Pipit also is a "blurd" :twisted: there is enough detail to make an ID ... I'll go along with "someone else's call" of African Pipit. :twisted:

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Unread postby arks » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:57 am

Another pipit ID query, as I am trying to work out how to distinguish between the very similar (to my eyes) longbilled pipit and African pipit. This one, even tho the brest streaking is fairly indistinct, is, I think, an African pipit, because of the white (not buff) outer edges of the tail feathers. Have I guessed correctly? :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pantera leo » Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:32 am

Could well be African Pipit considering the tail markings and the distribution but it would be better to observe the habits of the bird. Let's see what some of the gurus have to say! :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Crested Barbet » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:18 pm

Please help me to identify this bird seen in Addo in December:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:22 pm

May be some sort of pipit but I can't be sure which :?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:52 pm

:clap: :clap: Thank you so much, arks, for your help. And I just had a look at the Addo bird list and the Newman's Birds of Southern Africa and found out that it is a Grassveld Pipit (African Pipit). :)
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:29 pm

This bird is a pipit. It has markings on the back, putting it in the group of either African or long billed. These are generally very difficult to seperate in the field. The habitat between the two species differs somewhat, (long billed is more likely to be found on rocky hills, African on flatter ground), and the habits, (long billed has more subtle tail wagging). Visually, African has clearer markings on the head and chest.

If I had to guess, I'd say its African Pipit rather than long billed, but they are really hard to seperate for sure.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby doug_newman » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:19 pm

Just get yourselves a copy of LBJs made simple... The pipits are not that difficult with the right reference. :shock:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Gary » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:38 am

http://www.flickr.com/photos/67093766@N ... otostream/

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I'll get this pic posting thing right eventually, but the link works :hmz:

These were seen at Northern Farm (Gauteng) last week
Pipit was first to mind but they looked quite grey/slaty which threw me a bit
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MattAxel » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:49 am

Well you were correct about these being Pipits. These are African Pipits.


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