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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread postby arks » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:52 pm

I observed this Cape robin in the garden at Evita se Perron in Darling, having an animated conversation with one of the Perron cats. It was absolutely fascinating as they really were "talking" — and the robin was clearly not at all impressed with (or intimidated by) the moggie :D

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A very cheeky and self-confident little bird!
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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:23 am

Dunno how many people are aware of this, but the Cape Robin-Chat is quite a good mimicker of other birds' calls. Listen carefully when you hear one sing next time.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pnm » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:49 pm

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Can one of the experts help me here, please. Taken at about noon three days ago on a fruit farm in Paarl. It seemed too big for a juvenile Cape Robin-Chat and the shape and colour bears no relation to any juvenile Olive Thrush I have seen. The bird was silent and showed no tell-tale bobbong or movements. can anyone help, please?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:19 pm

Hi Pete,

I would go for Juv. Cape Robin-chat as well. Recently fledged birds are generally slightly larger (weight wise) than the adults when they first leave the nest.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby LaeveldLeeu » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:33 am

Please ID.
Is this a juvenile something too? There were 2 and this was seen near a dam outside White River in the plantations undergrowth.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:19 pm

Hi there LaeveldLeeu

Very difficult to ID juv Robin-Chats as most of them look exactly the same at that stage.

Based on habitat I would reckon you are looking at either a Juv Cape Robin-chat or White Browed Robin-Chat but really difficult to tell which one.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby LaeveldLeeu » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:24 pm

Thanks for the reply. I agree with the Robin Chat.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:36 pm

Cape robin-chat. I think WBRC would have been showing some of the white wing bar even at this stage... But then again, I don't know the difference between a juvenile stonechat and a juvenile fiscal flycatcher... :redface:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:18 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote: But then again, I don't know the difference between a juvenile stonechat and a juvenile fiscal flycatcher... :redface:


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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread postby Charming1 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:38 pm

Excellent pics :clap: and thank you for the information.

We have been observing a nest since New Years Day. First one egg, then two. Both hatched a week ago. Have been eagerly awaiting some form of ID as the Red Chested Cuckoo disappeared on the 3rd January and hasn't been back. Looking at the pics above, we have 2 of them (not cuckoo orphans). Now that I have been able to log on again, I will try and download some pics of their growth spurt. The Mom is very attentive and allows us to check the nest every evening whilst watching us from about a metre away. The nest is in an azalea bush.

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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread postby arks » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:59 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Although the Cape robin-chat is not the only specie that uses a poo management system to safeguard their nests against predators, this was the first opportunity I had to record this strategy at its origin and most critical location… in the nest! This also serves to keep the nest dry and clean and reduces exposure to pathogens and parasites.

Interesting about this poo management system, JvR, because I observed the same with American robins that raised four chicks on my back porch last May. It was a behaviour that I was not previously aware of.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby mel123 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:57 pm

I'd like to ask the experts some help with a bird spotted in my garden in Potchefstroom yesterday.
I suspect it is a juvenile, and my bird books are a bit shy on good descriptions or photo's or sketches of robin-chats, which is what I suspect it is. There were two of them, and one had more extensive orange on the outer tail feathers, right up to the tip, without a black tip on them as is described for the Familiar chat.
It hopped about in some trees, lifting it's tail almost like a prinia, at times. It didn't make a sound.
The giss makes me think robin-chat. I do have adult Cape robin-chats and Karoo Thrushes in the garden. I think its too slender to be a thrush.
I suspect a juvenile Cape robin-chat, but as I said, I lack a good description or image of a juvenile. I was unable to get a photograph of the front (it's a bit skittish), but can tell you it looks mottled grey, orange and faint white spots, just like on the flanks.
I considered Familiar chat, because of the orange tail feathers, but I didn't see any wing flicking at all and I would expect to?

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Is it a juvenile Cape robin-chat or maybe something else?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:41 pm

Your logic pointing to the Cape robin-chat is spot-on, mel123
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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread postby granjan » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:47 pm

Such a pretty little bird!

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