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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:06 pm 
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deefstes wrote:
You know what Arks, I'm going to revise my ID :D

There was something about the face showing no markings and the fairly dainty bill that bothered me but I didn't have any references with me when I gave the opinion and I'm pretty sure now that I was wrong. Your bird is in fact a juvenile Cape Canary.

I think it's a great bird for a challenge simply because it is not illustrated in most of our field guides. Because the male and female Cape Canary differ only very slightly in plumage, the field guides tend to give only one illustration of the bird. If you delve into the text though you will find a description of the juvenile which does in fact look significantly different from the adults.

Thanks for this further suggestion, deefstes (and to JvR for additional input), certainly makes sense, since Cape canaries are so common in my Darling garden :wink: I googled a bit to see if I could find some other examples, and found several, including this one (scroll down 2 posts for francoisd's ID) right here on our forum!


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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arks wrote:
I googled a bit to see if I could find some other examples, and found several, including this one (scroll down 2 posts for francoisd's ID) right here on our forum!

Well well well. There you have it. francoisd is your man! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I recently visited Intaka island in Cape Town and came across some bird that I would like and ID or confirmation on:

and these 2 I would be guessing a some sort of weaver.

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I only have a very old Ian Sinclair's field guide with photos that are not great and a Sasol guide, so am a bit limited in identifying the different birds based on eye, beak or leg colour or juvenilles, so thanks for all your help.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:40 pm 
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Blimey! You don't do it by halves do you?

Pass on the "Weavers"!

Hard to reply as the photos are not visible in this window!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:26 pm 
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Wow Maxwell, well that would be about 5 firsts for me (it is easy to get firsts when you are new to birding)! :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :lol: :lol:

Thanks so much for taking the trouble to ID these for me. :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Rookie, I think your 'some sort of weavers' are actually Cape canaries, a juvenile (or possibly a female) on the left and an adult on the right.


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 Post subject: Re: Canary, Cape
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There's a big flock of these canaries at Kirstenbosch at the moment.
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