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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:14 am

Hello all

Could I please have some help? Is this a Levaillant's Cisticola? Taken at 14:30 yesterday at a farm dam just outside Paarl. It sat briefly in the bush only allowing for one quick photo. It flew off but I was unable to see it then and so cannot comment on flight pattern. It was silent. It was alone. It was not skulking in reeds but perched boldy on top of a bush on the dam wall.

I hesitate on confirming it as a Levailant's Cisticola because I cannot see the rufous wing panel that Roberts described (I checked Roberts, Sasol and Newton). It does have the fairly well marked back andn the rufous crown and pale eyebrow. If it is a Levailant's then it is only the second of my birding career.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:47 pm

Hi Pete,

Looks like Levaillant's to me :thumbs_up:

I think the rufous wing panel is quite variable. Distribution also helps to narrow it down and location (near water) is also a good indicator.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pnm » Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:48 pm

Thanks for the speedy reply, Barcud. I really do appreciate the help I get on the forum. It was a great birding trip to this farm - the photo proves I got my second Levaillant's Cisticola, and (big bonus) I got two new lifers just to make the fun of the excursion even greater - three Cape Longclaw and two Capped Wheatear. All this while walking on a farm that has set aside an area as a nature reserve.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:41 am

I'd agree on Levaillant's Cisticola if you want a 2nd opinion
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushAddict » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:19 am

Hi everybody. Happy New Year to all the mites. Hope it's a great one for birding and just in general.

Could anybody please help with some ID's. All 3 birds seen in the Dullstroom area over December.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:26 pm

BushAddict wrote:Could anybody please help with some ID's. All 3 birds seen in the Dullstroom area over December.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushAddict » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:47 am

Many thanks Johan. All new ticks for me :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:55 am

Cisticolas continue to defeat me :wall: :wall: I think that these first two are Levaillant's?

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And this third one is maybe a greybacked?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:03 am

I'm certainly no expert but all 3 look like Levaillant's
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Falconry4ever » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:00 am

arks wrote:Cisticolas continue to defeat me :wall: :wall: I think that these first two are Levaillant's?

Have I guessed correctly this time? :wall: :whistle:

I go with Levaillant's Cisticola as this is the only species showing a rufous head and wing panels with a grey and black marked back (mantle) that does occur in the WC
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:53 am

Thanks josh and F4E, I'm still :wall:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:10 am

I have 3 photo's that are getting some interesting answers. :lol: At the moment I have 3 options. Is this Levaillant's, Wailing or Croaking Cisticola and which is which? That's where the fun starts - nobody can tell me for sure.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:28 pm

GP,
The trouble of IDing these birds is you only have a picture to judge with, which makes a definite correct answer difficult. The habitat, behaviour, call and season is not to your disposal and with all the look-a-like Cisticolas it is unfortunately some of the things you need to know to make a decision.

The first bird is a Levaillant's - rufous cap and very black streaked back, but here the rufous in the wing is not very obvious, and so are the pale eyebrows, which can be confusing...

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:38 pm

I agree that the first is Levaillant's.
None of them are Croaking. Croaking doesn't have a rufous head.
These Cisticolas are hard to ID from just photos, the easiest way to ID them is with their call.

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jay Knight » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:49 pm

Hi Guys

I am wondering if any of you can help me out with a few ID's as i am a complete novice. I am just about to do a full trip report but needed to confirm a few birds before i do so. I have about 12 so i will do them a few at a time so not to bombard you. Most of them are in Kruger but a few are outside. Many thanks in advance for any help! :D

No.3 - This little fella was at Golden Gates Highlands National Park. Its some kind of cisticola or Prinia but I didnt hear his call so that makes life a lot harder


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