Answers to #26/2013
Highest score 12/14 (two 'mites: Ladybirder & Dugong
1. Wood Sandpiper
(7/11 correct answers, most common mistake green sandpiper)White eyebrow, spotted appearance, legs greenish-yellow (and brighter/yellower than that of the green sandpiper), bill not that long and heavier than that of the Green Sandpiper, also lighter brownish back than the green sandpiper.
2. Amethyst Sunbird
juv (9/11 correct answers) Black on throat and white eyebrow
3. Natal Spurfowl
(almost no problems here, 10/11 correct answers) Legs reddish, black and white pattern on underparts, black streak on back feathers.
(Only 3/11 correct answers, other common answers included Lazy cisticola (which has a plain not streaked back), Levaillant's cisticola (back marked much more boldly than this), Wailing cisticola (bill slightly smaller, black marks on back slightly bolder) Grey on back streaked darker grey, eyebrow visible
5.White-browed Scrub Robin
(almost no problems: here 10/11 correct answers) White chin, streaked chest and white eyebrow
(6/11 correct answers; a few 'mites thought it may be African green pigeon, which would have a smaller, straighter bill and smaller feet, and one or two thought Meyer's parrot. Frankly, after browsing through a few books, I realized this may have been an unfair photo to use, as some books, e.g. Sasol, says that the brown-headed parrot should have all yellow under wings, while the Meyer's parrot have limited yellow
. So I can only apologize for the unfair pic and post another photo clearly showing the two-toned bill and greenish (not turquoise) underparts
) Green underparts,Dark upper mandible with paler lower mandible, yellow underwing coverts.
(few problems here, 9/11 correct answers) Blue-grey colour, white eyering and black loral spot
sub adult (6/11 correct answers) Red eyes, stil some green at base of bill, black crown
9.Brown Snake Eagle
juv (almost no problems, 10/11 correct answers) Yellow eyes, Pale grey cere, greyish legs, still spotted white on underparts
10. Black-backed puffback
-- I caught a lot of you! One correct answer, by Dugong black cap, buffy colour mixed in with black on back and wings.
I add another photo showing the face, with the brown eye of the juvenile puffback
(7/11 correct answers; few other cisticolas look like this one - the Cloud cisticola has an even shorter tail) Bright pink legs that appear bit long, pale colour in wing, shortish tail
12. African Hawk Eagle
(few problems, 9/11 correct answers. One 'mite though martial eagle, which will have a more massive head and dark chest with spots on white underparts. Ayre's hawk eagle have a more boldly-streaked chest) white spots on wing, Streaked on chest
13. Pale flycatcher
(8/11 correct answers)Pale grey-brown upperparts, off-white, dirty looking underparts, size (difficult to see on photo, smaller than a thrush. Closest in "looks" with Chat flycatcher, which is larger, thrush-sized, and occurs in the western parts of the country (this photo was taken near Pretoriuskop in the KNP
male (no problems here 11/11) The only one barred and not streaked or spotted, Red on crown, black and white spotted on forehead, dark line through eye, dark broad moutachial stripe