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Sparrow-weaver: Whitebrowed

Unread postby Senyetse » Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:43 am

Photographed in the campsite of Mountain Zebra National Park in early January 2008.

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Unread postby francoisd » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:35 am

Also photographed in the campsite at Mountain Zebra National Park
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:43 am

Have seen them in the Jakobskop cemetry in Vereeniging as well as in the town of Frankfort in the Free State.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:27 am

They are common in Twee Rivieren camp, KTP
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Weaver: White-browed Sparrow

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:52 pm

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I had posted this as being a Cape Sparrow, but being a fledgling birder was wrong. :lol: Thanks to the birder pointing this out to me!
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Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:39 pm

could you please ID some birds :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:06 pm

Hi Anne-marie,

I'll try with these for you, but No.3 will need confirmation from someone more experienced.

1. White-browed Sparrow-weaver.

Nice pics.

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:02 pm

Anne-Marie I agree with all of Barcuds IDs :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushFairy » Wed May 19, 2010 12:48 pm

Hi all :)

Please help with this nest seen in MZNP. I was under the impression that it was a white-browed sparrow-weaver's nest, but Arks seems to think its that of a scaly-feathered finch?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed May 19, 2010 3:51 pm

Hi Bushfairy,

Initial appearance looks like that of the Sparrow weaver, the grass type looks like that of thatching grass, something a little too robust for the finch....BUT, the tree in which it is situated is much like the finch, which often nests in the crown of a small acacia, this looks like its taken from below though?!

The weaver also nests in colonies, normally on the outer edges of a tree taller than 2 metres.....So if this was the only nest in the immediate area, a strong billed scaly feathered finch it could be :D otherwise the weaver is the best bet, especially if the second 'secret' enterance was visible on the other side of the nest....

Here is the finch nest, with thin weaker looking grass.....

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_KsafdBYuxSs/S ... h+nest.jpg


Colony of Weaver Nests
http://www.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=h ... s%3Disch:1

Single Weaver Nest, with thatching Grass


http://thumb7.shutterstock.com.edgesuit ... 377464.jpg

Hope this helps.........?!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushFairy » Wed May 19, 2010 3:56 pm

Thanks so much :) :thumbs_up:

Was a tall tree (>4m) and there were quite a few in the same tree and then also in the surrounding trees! - so I can presume it's the white-browed sparrow-weaver then....?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed May 19, 2010 4:07 pm

Definately Sparrow-Weavers then! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby NickyG » Thu May 20, 2010 5:31 pm

RJ / Bushfairy - Thanks so much for the coments on the nest. I think it was the pic posted a while ago by B/F a while ago, and Id love to find out what it was.
Saw a load of these similar nests (cant remember if it was exactly teh same) in Mountain Zebra park.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 20, 2010 5:53 pm

Pleasure nickyG, im quite sure they would be the same nests, I have not been to MZNP myself, but have heard these weavers are breeding there very well!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushFairy » Fri May 21, 2010 12:50 am

It's a pleasure NickyG :dance:
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