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Here are the results of challenge #8 of 2015:
2 ‘mites have 5/8
2 ‘Mites have 6/8
2 ‘mites have 7/8; and
2’“Mites have 8/8
#1 Northern Black Korhaan:  Ad male:
Head black, apart from white cheek patch and brown crown, finely barred and edged white. White collar across mantle extends onto sides of upper breast; remainder of upper parts barred buff-brown and black (bars of equal width). Greater, median and outer lesser coverts white, forming conspicuous edge to folded wing; in flight, together with white bases to primaries, form conspicuous bar across wing. Secondaries blackish. Underwing blackish, primaries with prominent white bases. Neck and underparts black. Bill coral-red, with grey tip and pale horn subterminal bar. Eyes brown; eye ring red. Legs bright yellow. Ad female:
As ad male, but head, neck and breast buff-brown, crown and neck barred black. Lacks white mantle collar. Black of underparts confined to belly. Juv:
As ad female, but remiges, and back and crown feathers tipped pale. Captive males till in juv plumage at 6 mo; black appears on neck at 7 mo. Confusing species:
Southern Black Korhaan slightly larger, with all-black primaries, darker brown crown, and brown bars on upper parts narrower than black bars. Red-crested Korhaan differs from female in having black-and-white chevrons on upper parts, duller legs, no white in primaries. Male Black-bellied Bustard has longer neck and legs, black line down foreneck, mottled upper parts, paler legs, and white in wing much more extensive. Hybridises with Southern Black Korhaan in Great Fish R valley, E Cape. [Leucistic male recorded, with light brown wash on mantle and scapulars, and black loral stripe; bill and legs pinkish red.]
#2 Wattled Starling:  Ad male br:
Forehead, crown, chin and throat bare and black, hind crown and region of ear coverts yellow. 1 or 2 small wattles may develop on black areas on top of head, and paired, pendulous wattles (black) grow from throat; latter may be fused to form single dewlap. Some retain head feathers and lack wattles. Remainder of upper parts pale grey; rump and upper tail coverts white. Tail short; rectrices black, with bronzy sheen. Primaries and secondaries black, with bronzy sheen. Some or all wing coverts white; individually variable, partly age-dependent. Flight feathers silvery grey below; axillaries and underwing coverts greyish brown, edged white. Underparts pale grey, fading to off-white on belly, flanks and undertail coverts. Base of bill to nostrils black, remainder of bill yellowish. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pale brown. Confusing species:
Juv Common Starling has dark (not pale) bill and brownish-grey (not white) rump and upper tail coverts.
#3 Common Scimitarbill:  Ad male:
Plumage mainly dark and iridescent. Crown and face deep blue, mantle and rump violet. Tail long and graduated, with outer rectrices shortest, sometimes with subterminal white spots on outer web. Wing coverts deep blue, sometimes tinged violet. Primaries, secondaries and tertials deep blue. Primaries with white bar or spot on inner web, sometimes also on outer web, forming white wing bar visible in flight but not always at rest. Chin, throat, breast and belly black, feathers tinged blue, some on throat and breast tinged violet. Bill dark horn or black, long and slender, strongly decurved along entire length. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black. Confusing species:
Black-billed juvs of larger Green and Violet Wood-Hoopoes have similar plumage coloration, with white wing and tail patches, and similarly graduated tails. However, very slender, strongly decurved bill of Common Scimitarbill diagnostic at all ages.
#4 Large-billed Lark:  Ad:
Supercilium whitish, fairly broad; eye stripe dark brown, indistinct. Cheeks and ear coverts whitish, finely speckled rufous-brown. Remainder of upper parts mainly dark rufous-brown, feathers with dark brown central streaks. Nape greyish, largely unstreaked, contrasting with rufous-brown crown and mantle. Rump and upper tail coverts less heavily streaked than crown and mantle. Tail dark brown, central pair of rectrices with broad rufous-brown margins, remainder with narrow buffy outer margins. Scapulars and tertials dark brown, with rufous-brown edges; wing coverts rufous-brown, with dark brown central streaks. Flight feathers dark brown, secondaries narrowly edged rufous-brown. Underwing buffy, coverts lightly streaked brown. Whitish throat extends as pale 'C' around rear of ear coverts. Remainder of underparts whitish, narrowly streaked dark brown on breast, variably extending onto flanks. Bill blackish horn, slightly paler at base; fairly long and strongly decurved. Eyes brown. Legs and feet pinkish brown. Confusing species:
Range abuts all other long-billed larks. Cape Long-billed Lark slightly larger, with heavily streaked plumage. Upper parts grey-brown. Underpart streaking extends across flanks to undertail coverts. Agulhas Long-billed Lark smaller, with shorter bill and tail; upper parts buffy brown, more heavily streaked. Underpart streaking extends across flanks to undertail coverts. Eastern Long-billed Lark smaller and, in area of overlap, upper- and underparts redder and less streaked; lacks greyish nape contrasting with rufous-brown upper parts. Separation from Benguela Long-billed Lark based on genetic evidence; no distinctive morphological characters known, but southern birds av smaller and more streaked than northern populations of Karoo Long-billed Lark.
#5 South African Cliff-swallow:  Ad:
Forehead variable; pale rufous, sometimes blue-black. Crown dark brown (blue-black when fresh); rarely grey. Nape brown, with bluish gloss. Lores pale rufous; ear coverts dull blue-black. Mantle, back and scapulars metallic blue-black, with irregular pale streaks giving slightly mottled appearance. Rump rufous (buffy when worn). Upper tail coverts blue-black, fringed rufous. Tail blackish brown, square-tipped. Upper wings blackish brown, with faint gloss at tips of primaries and tertials. Undersides of flight feathers silvery blackish; underwing coverts pale rufous. Chin and throat pale rufous, with variable fine black speckling (often heavy, imparting dark-throated appearance), denser towards cheeks and sides of breast. Upper breast rufous, with coarse, diffuse blackish spots; lower breast pinkish or buffish white, with variable rufous markings. Belly and flanks buffish, flanks streaked rufous. Longest undertail coverts blue-black; with broad rufous fringes; shorter feathers rufous. Undertail silvery blackish. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black. Confusing species:
#6 Rosy-ringed Parakeet:  Ad male:
Almost entirely pale green. Lower chin and malar area black, curving and narrowing into half-collar on side of neck, where bordered below by narrow, rose-pink stripe that extends over nape. Stripe bordered above, below and to rear of ear coverts by mauve-blue patch that extends onto hind crown. Narrow, indistinct loral stripe extends from front of eye to top of upper mandible. Upper tail centrally blue, with yellowish tips; green laterally. Undertail centrally blackish, yellowish olive laterally. Flight feathers dusky green above, grey below8. Upper mandible deep crimson, variably tipped black; lower mandible blackish red. Cere whitish. Eyes yellowish white. Legs and feet pinkish. Confusing species:
#7 Red-billed Firefinch:  Ad male:
Centre of crown and nape, mantle and back brown, sometimes suffused with pale red. Remainder of head dull pinkish red. Rump and base of upper tail pinkish red. Tail blackish brown, rectrices with reddish outer margins. Wing coverts brown, sometimes suffused pale red. Flight feathers dark brown, narrowly edged pinkish brown; P9 strongly emarginated, P6-P8 slightly emarginated. Underparts mostly dull pinkish red, sides of breast faintly spotted white. Lower belly and undertail coverts deep buff. Bill red, with dark horn culmen ridge; palate black, rim of palate yellow. Eyes red to red-brown, eye ring white or bright yellow. Legs and feet pinkish brown. Confusing species:
Brown Firefinch is much more dusky and has a brown (not pinkish-red) rump. Male has red confined to upper breast and face; female red only on throat and lores. Juv Red-billed Firefinch frequently mistaken for Brown Firefinch because dull reddish rump often hard to see in poor light. Jameson's and African Firefinches have black (not red) bills; males with lower bellies and undertails black (not deep buff). African Firefinch male has mostly grey (not pinkish-red) head; female has underparts pinkish buff (not buff).
#8 Rufous-eared Warbler:  Ad:
Upper parts, incl upper wing coverts, buffy grey, streaked black. Supercilium whitish; lores, face and ear coverts bright brick red. Tail buffy brown, long, slender, and graduated; outer 3 pairs of rectrices with buffy edges to outer webs. Flight feathers dark brown, outer webs edged russet. Underwing coverts and axillaries pale buff. Underparts white to off-white, washed buff on flanks; lower throat with narrow black collar. Undertail coverts with dark streaks. Bill black; inside of mouth black in male. Eyes reddish hazel. Legs and feet pinkish. Juv:
As ad, but rufous face patch indistinct, black collar indistinct or absent; tail shorter. Confusing species:
None.Also read more about the birds here:
1. Korhaan, Northern Black
2. Starling, Wattled
3. Not on the index yet.
4. Lark, Large-billed
5. Swallow, South African Cliff
6. Parakeet, Rosy-ringed
7. Firefinch, Red-billed
8. Warbler, Rufous-eared