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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:42 am 
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And now the answers to challenge #37…

16 entries with an average score of 6.5.

1. African Cuckoo
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I had no idea this bird could cause so many problems when I posted it. The picture below is the frame I took before it flew off, and shows it clearly to be an African cuckoo, grey back, yellow eye ring and yellow base to the bill. In hindsight, I realise that none of the guides would ever show a cuckoo at that angle, and I think for good reason: The feathers of many birds are often two toned, usually different colour edges, and when viewed under different conditions, they reveal different colours, sometimes emphasising the edge colour (e.g. when wet, or when the bird is hot and the feathers flat) and sometimes when the bird is warm, or fluffed out, the base colour is more visible compared to the tips. In this case the white is over emphasised as the base colour. With such small bits of info, most mites called this one a thick billed cuckoo. Only two mites got this one right.
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2. Forest Canary
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No problems here.

3. Red-eye dove (juvenile)
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This is a juvenile bird as told from the plumage. eyes are pale, and will develop the red colour with age. Most got this one.

4. Eurasian Cuckoo (Hepatic form )
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I thought this would be the bogey bird for this challenge, but most of you nailed it good and proper. It is a rare colour morph of the common cuckoo found in some females, called the Hepatic form. So named because the colouring resembles that of liver.

5. Southern Tchagra
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No problems here. The location (De Hoop NP) would have be a give-away (Sorry Micetta).

6. Caspian tern
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Generally, I hate tern ID. This one had me going for a while, as it is a non-breeding bird, so it does not have a typical full black cap as depicted in the guides, but has a grey crown with a black line through it (mentioned in the text). Largest of the terns with a big red bill are the clinchers.

7. Little Swift
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Few problems are here. White rump and short unforked tail.

8. Wood sandpiper
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I thought the lack of a distinct white eyebrow on this individual would baffle the mites, as this is quite diagnostic. Bur only one mite fell for that one. Other pics of the same bird had a more typical eyebrow, so perhaps he was frowning at me. Most got it right.

Bonus questions:
9. Which of these bird species pictured has the widest global distribution?
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I think all of you got the other species as being house sparrow (female). The house sparrow has a greater range than the rock pigeon, and has managed to colonise a wider range of latitudes, such as most of the tropics and the arctic (there is a colony of them Iceland…BRRRR) I don’t think there is a single country were I have not seen them before.

10. The Common mynah and Common starling made it onto the world’s 100 most invasive species list. Which other bird made it onto this list?
Despite baiting question 10 with 9 :twisted: , almost all of you got this right (Yay Google) I have always maintained that bulbuls share a lot in common with humans... they are generalist, omnivores and can live on almost anything, and are quite intelligent, constantly changing strategies to find food. Probably the only reason why most of us have not heard of this species, is that our own bulbuls are more than capable of looking after themselves, and are unlikely to be threatened by this invader.

Enjoy Mathew's challenge. It looks like a good one :D


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 Post subject: Re: Bird ID Challenge.
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How could I get the tchagra wrong? :slap: :slap:

The African cuckoo has a grey breast, so I excluded it :slap:

Thank you, Adrian :thumbs_up:


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I cannot believe that I was so far off target this time around :big_eyes: . I got only 3/10 :shock: . Should ask back my school fees after this one :hmz: .

Thanks for the challenge Adriaan :thumbs_up: . It is really appreciated :thumbs_up:

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Thank you Adrianp! I now understand my score! :thumbs_up:

MattAxel's challenge is going to be a tough one as well! But I can only do my best! :wink:

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Thank you for challenge #38 MattAxel! :D

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Thank you for challenge #38 MattAxel! :D


It's a pleasure hilda :)


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Might be for you MattAxel........I am not too sure about me :shock: :w: Image


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Thank you adrianp and MattAxel :thumbs_up:

Looks like brown is your colour MattAxel :)

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and "little" is his job :tongue:


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Sharifa wrote:
Looks like brown is your colour MattAxel :)


Micetta wrote:
and "little" is his job :tongue:


Well it is called "Bird ID CHALLENGE", and you don't get much more challenging than LBJs and birds of prey, and I've included a bit of both :twisted:


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Hi everyone, here is challenge number 38.
Some of the pictures aren't of the best quality, but in all of them there is enough to make out the ID.


I'm looking forward to receiving all your answers. Good luck :thumbs_up:


The only problem with these pics are that they are not mine :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
And that I don't know what they are :wall: :wall:
Lovely pics are :clap: :clap:

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Thanks Adrian for a great challenge, :clap:
sorry I could not get my answers in in time, had lots of other distractions this past week but maybe it was just as well, think a lot of :hmz: would have been going on!!
Will definitely give Matt's challenge a full go! :thumbs_up:

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Thanks AdrianP.

Well thought out challenge and both cuckoo's got the better of me! I guess it just shows you how much information one needs to do I.Ding sometimes. With pic 1 I had two problems. none of my books really show the "undercarrige" well and to me the bird looked very white underneath the wings so I didn't pick the grey, besides that I couldn't pick up the bill color. I learnt something valuable again. Thanks! :dance: :whistle: Never jump to conclusions! :redface:

Will do better next time.... :)

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Come on guys, get your entries in. Only a few more days!!


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6/7 for me :lol: :lol:


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