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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:15 am 
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Looks like a Levaillant's Cisticola to me :)
(definitely not a prinia)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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pnm wrote:
If I have gotten it right it will be my first ever Cisticola.

You can go ahead and mark that Cisticola - Leviallant's Cisticola

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I'd agree on Levaillant's Cisticola if you want a 2nd opinion

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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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Could anybody please help with some ID's. All 3 birds seen in the Dullstroom area over December.

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Sorry about letting you hang on so long for attention, BushAddict... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Many thanks Johan. All new ticks for me :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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Have I guessed correctly this time? :wall: :whistle:


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

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks josh and F4E, I'm still :wall:


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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