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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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I think I have most of them figured out except no 5. Will have to think about that one a bit more.


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I havent forgotten........ been one of those weeks!!

I think I have got most, my problem is No.4 :wall: :whistle: :doh:

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Thanks again to everybody for your participation. It is always appreciated :D .

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: [6] 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.]

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#2 Wattled Starling: [8] 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.

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#3 Common Scimitarbill: [6] 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.

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#4 Large-billed Lark: [3] 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.

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#5 South African Cliff-swallow: [8] 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: None.

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#6 Rosy-ringed Parakeet: [8] 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: None.

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#7 Red-billed Firefinch: [5] 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).

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#8 Rufous-eared Warbler: [8] 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.

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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

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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Here is challenge #9 of 2015 :thumbs_up: .

Hope everybody enjoys this challenge :D .

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7/8 for #09. Fell into a trap :doh: but well pleased anyway :dance:

Thanks Barryels and Hilda for continuing to set these challenges. :gflower:
Hope you have many more replies in this week. :pray: :wall:

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Fell into a trap


:lol: :lol: I didn't expect you of all people to miss that one umtali1! :lol: :lol:

Very well done anyway! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding school for ducklings.
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We had 8 participants for challenge #9 of 2015.

The results were as follows:
1 ‘mite had 4/8;
1 ‘mite had 5/8;
2 ‘mites had 6/8;
2 ‘mites had 7/8; and
2 ‘mites had 8/8

Great scores and thank you for participating :thumbs_up: .

#1 Cape Penduline-tit: [5/8] : Ad: Frons and forehead grizzled black and white, colour extending back into short supercilium. Lores black, extending as narrow black band across base of bill; narrow black eye stripe extends just behind eye. Cheeks and anterior ear coverts whitish. Remainder of upper parts pale brownish grey. Tail darker grey-brown, rectrices edged buffy. Upper wing coverts dark grey-brown; primary coverts narrowly edged greyish buff, greater coverts with broader pale edges, and lesser coverts with broad grey tips. Flight feathers dark grey-brown, narrowly edged greyish (broadest on inner secondaries). Axillaries and underwing coverts whitish. Chin and throat white; breast, belly and undertail coverts pale buffy yellow. Bill black, horn, or grey to blue-grey. Eyes yellowish brown, eye ring whitish. Legs and feet black, slate or dark cobalt blue.

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#2 Amur Falcon: [8/8] No problems here.

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#3 Baillons Crake: [ 6/8 ] Sexes alike, but female with chin pale grey. (P. p. intermedia) Ad: Top of head and hind neck red-brown, indistinctly streaked blackish. Face and sides of neck bluish slate. Remainder of upper parts, incl scapulars, tertials, most wing coverts and tail, red-brown, with broad black and narrow white streaks. Flight feathers and primary coverts dark grey-brown; axillaries and underwing coverts dark greyish brown, indistinctly barred white. Chin to upper belly bluish slate, lower belly barred grey and white. Bill dark green to greenish grey, darker on upper mandible. Eyes red. Legs and feet olive green or greenish grey, rarely yellowish. Confusing species: African Crake larger, with heavily black-and-white barred lower breast, belly and flanks. Striped Crake (all plumages) has russet (not grey-and-white barred) lower belly and undertail coverts.

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#4 Pearl-breasted Swallow: [3/8] Ad: Forehead to upper tail coverts glossy blue-back, with slight purplish wash. Lores and ear coverts dull blue-black. Tail black, less glossy than back, rarely with some diffuse white on outer rectrices; latter elongated, tapering. Wings brownish black, with blue gloss, most pronounced on coverts. Lesser and median underwing coverts grey-brown; axillaries and greater underwing coverts white. Chin, throat and underparts dull white, breast and flanks with grey wash; small blackish patch extends from neck onto either side of breast. Some dark shaft streaks on lower breast and belly; undertail coverts with dark shafts and tips, and sometimes additional dark bar separated from dark tip by subterminal white bar. Bill black. Eyes brown. Legs and feet black. Confusing species: Common House Martin has white (not blue-black) rump. White-throated Swallow has rufous forehead and complete breast band.

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#5 Chinspot Batis: [6/8] Ad male: Crown and nape grey. Lores black, extending in patch around eyes and across ear coverts to hind neck; separated from forecrown by white supercilium extending to above eye. Mantle, back and scapulars bluish grey, mantle edged black; rump and upper tail coverts grey. Tail black, outermost rectrices edged white on outer web, tipped white on inner web. Wings black. Median and inner greater coverts broadly tipped white, combining with white edges to inner secondaries to form prominent wing bar. Underparts, incl throat and sides of neck, white, apart from broad, but variable-width black breast band. Bill black. Eyes yellow, orange or scarlet. Legs and feet black. Ad female: As male, but with chestnut throat patch and breast band; supercilium longer, extending to hind neck. Juv: As female, but with head and mantle mottled buffy. Wing markings buffy, not white. Confusing species: Male Pririt Batis has flanks with blackish speckling (not plain white). Male Pale Batis has longer supercilium, and back mottled whitish (not plain). Much smaller female Pale Batis has throat spot poorly defined. Female Cape Batis has rufous (not white) wing bar.

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#6 Green-winged Pytilia: [7/8] Ad male: Frons, forecrown and cheeks scarlet; hind crown, lores, remainder of face and nape grey. Mantle, back and rump yellowish olive green; upper tail coverts red. Central rectrices reddish, remainder grey-brown, washed red, especially on outer edges. Upper wing coverts yellowish olive green. Flight feathers grey-brown, edged yellowish olive green. Underwing coverts whitish. Throat scarlet. Upper breast greenish gold; remainder of underparts barred grey and white, centre of belly and undertail coverts more diffuse and buffy. Bill orange-red, non-br male with ridge dark horn. Eyes reddish orange, red-brown or scarlet; eye ring pale grey, narrow. Legs and feet pinkish to greyish brown. Ad female: As male, but upper parts slightly duller. Head and face grey, throat buffy grey, merging into grey-and-white barred breast. Confusing species: Orange-winged Pytilia is darker and more compact, with shorter tail. Male has red (not grey) ear coverts, hind crown golden-olive (not grey), wings orange (not yellowish olive green) and underparts barred olive and white (not grey and white). Female has orange wings and less prominent barring below.

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#7 Golden-breasted Bunting: [8/8] No problems here.

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#8 Emerald-spotted Wood-dove: [8/8] No problems here.

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Also read more about the birds here:

1. Cape Penduline-tit
2. Amur Falcon
3. Baillon’s Crake
4. Pearl-breasted Swallow
5. Chinspot Batis
6. Green-winged Pytilia
7. Golden-breasted Bunting
8. Emerald-spotted Wood-dove

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Hi Ducklings,

So sad that there were only 8 participants for challenge #9/2015! The Raptor Guide is really gathering dust! Could we get four more participants this week? :hmz:

Here is another easy challenge by this Rookie CM! Duckling challenge #10/2015:

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I did not do to well in the last 2 challenges :(

Interesting thing about the Cape Penduline Tit is that I came accross it in my book, and still showed the photo to my son because the pic was really cute! But the photo in the book looks rather different, and it never crossed my mind that it could be the same bird! Challenging!

Let's see if I do better this time round.


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Hi Ducklings,

With reference to the 2nd picture, kindly take note that there are two kinds of birds in the picture. The challenge will count out of 9! :thumbs_up:

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Sunday morning, and I have received exactly one entry for challenge #10/2015! :doh:

Due to school holidays, or just a lack of interest overall? :hmz:

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Dear Ducklings,

We only had four participants this week, with great scores:

Two participants scored 9/9
The other two scored 8/9

Thank you all for participating! Very well done! Your participation is really appreciated. :gflower:

Here are the answers to Duckling challenge #10/2015:

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1. Spectacled Weaver

Ad male: Forehead and crown buffy or chestnut-brown. Black line from lores through eyes tapers to point on ear coverts; forms distinctive 'spectacle'. Upper parts from nape, incl tail and upper wing coverts, olive green. Flight feathers olive-brown, outer margins yellowish. Underwing greenish yellow. Chin and throat black, extending into tear-drop-shaped bib on upper breast. Face and area around bib golden yellow, variably washed chestnut. Remainder of underparts golden yellow. Bill black. Eyes yellow. Legs and feet grey.

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2(a) Hottentot Teal

Ad male: Crown to below eye blackish brown, extending down hind neck as narrow band. Remainder of face, chin, throat and upper neck buffy white, with black streaking on hind cheek and sides of neck forming dark patch. Upper back and anterior scapulars dark brown, broadly fringed grey-buff; long scapulars black, with glossy green sheen. Lower back and upper rump glossy black; lower rump and upper tail coverts pale buffy brown, finely vermiculated black. Tail dark brown, rectrices edged buffy, outermost with outer web pale buffy brown, vermiculated dark brown. Upper wing coverts blackish brown, with green sheen. Primaries blackish brown. Secondaries with basal two-thirds of exposed surface metallic green, broadly tipped black and white (forming speculum, with black subterminal border and white trailing edge). Underwing and axillaries white, with blackish coverts on forewing. Breast to belly buff-white, feathers with dark brown centres forming spotting on breast and sides, and barring on belly. Long flank feathers plain buff, often overlapping wing. Undertail coverts pale buff, heavily vermiculated black. Bill blue-grey; nail, cutting edges and ridge of upper mandible black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet blue-grey.

2(b) Red-billed Teal

Ad male: Top of head, nape and sides of head to below eyes blackish brown, colour extending over nape onto hind neck. Face below cap to chin and upper throat buffy white, becoming browner with fine speckling over posterior ear coverts and upper neck; more densely speckled on lower neck. Mantle, scapulars, and upper wing coverts dark olive-brown, edged creamy buff. Rump and upper tail coverts blackish, feathers edged grey. Tail olive-brown, rectrices narrowly edged buff; tapers to point. Breast to vent buffy-white, feathers with dark brown, crescentic centre patches, giving barred and mottled appearance. Undertail coverts dark olive-brown, proximal ones banded buffy-white, distal ones variably marked, or plain. Upper wing dark olive-brown, with apical three-quarters of exposed surface of secondaries pinkish buff, basal quarter black. Secondary coverts tipped pinkish buff; together with secondaries, these form speculum. Bill carmine pink; culmen ridge and nail blackish. Eyes brown. Legs and feet slate grey.

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This one prevented two of our participants to score 100%. :(

3. Black-backed Puffback (Female)

Ad male: Forehead to mantle and sides of neck glossy bluish black; cap extends below eye. Back and rump snow white. Upper tail coverts and tail glossy black. Flight feathers black, primaries narrowly edged white, tertials broadly edged white. Upper wing coverts black, greater primary coverts narrowly edged and tipped white; greater, median and lesser coverts broadly edged and tipped white. Undersides of flight feathers dark grey. Underparts creamy white. Bill black. Eyes bright orange-red to orange-yellow. Legs and feet grey. Ad female: As ad male, but less intensely black. Frons white, extending into short white supercilium; lores slightly dusky. Back and rump creamy white. Upper mandible black, lower mandible blue-grey. Eyes bright orange or yellow-orange. Legs and feet blue-grey.

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4. Brubru

Ad male: Crown black, colour extending forwards as narrow triangle to base of bill. Supercilia white, broad and long, almost meeting on forehead and extending back to nape. Lores white, with blackish loral spot in front of eye. Ear coverts black, extending back to black nape. Mantle black laterally, buffy white centrally; scapulars white. Back black, with large white spots along midline. Rump feathers with grey bases, large white subterminal patches, and black tips; long and fluffy. Upper tail coverts black. Tail black, outer rectrices tipped white. Primary coverts black, each with large white oval patch along inner web. Greater coverts black, three innermost feathers with broad white to cream outer margins and tips. Median coverts cream to white, lesser coverts black. Primaries black, with narrow white edges; secondaries and tertials black, but 3 inner secondaries with broad white outer margins. White in wing forms conspicuous bar on folded wing. Undersides of flight feathers grey, with white inner margins. Underwing coverts and axillaries white. Underparts white, with chestnut patches from sides of breast to lower flanks. Bill black, hooked; upper mandible with prominent notch. Eyes dark reddish brown. Legs and feet grey. Ad female: As ad male, but black of upper parts replaced with brown. Chin, throat and upper breast with blackish streaking. Chestnut breast patches smaller; flanks pale rufous.

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5. Denham’s Bustard

Ad male: Crown black, with prominent, broad, extended white supercilium and median stripe. Narrow blackish eye stripe; remainder of face bluish grey (rarely blackish). Sides of neck white, broadening on sides of nape. Hind neck and upper mantle deep chestnut; lower mantle, back and rump brown, with fine blackish vermiculations. Tail blackish brown with 2-3 broad, creamy white bands; central rectrices browner. Lesser wing coverts brown, vermiculated blackish; remainder of upper wing coverts black-and white, forming a distinct panel on folded wing. In flight, shows striking white markings on upper wing both on inner primaries and on wing coverts, latter individually variable. Throat whitish; foreneck and upper breast bluish grey (rarely blackish), grading into white lower breast; long white plumes on neck and breast concealed when not displaying. Remainder of underparts, incl flanks and undertail, white. Bill horn. Eyes hazel. Legs yellow-white.

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6. Mocking Cliff-Chat

Ad male: Mainly glossy black except for bright rufous rump, lower breast and belly, and white carpal patch. Black upper breast separated from rufous underparts by narrow, but variable, white or pale orange line. Bill black. Eyes dark brown. Legs and feet black.

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7. Amur Falcon (Female)

Ad female: Forehead and cheeks white. Crown to nape grey. Small malar stripe and mask around eye black. Remainder of upper parts pale grey, with coarse, dark barring. Tail pale grey, with fine darker grey bars and broad subterminal bar. Undersides of flight feathers whitish, with coarse dark grey spotting and/or barring; underwing coverts whitish, with some black markings. Throat white; remainder of underparts whitish, with bold, dark streaking on upper breast, barring on lower breast and belly. Vent pale red-brown. Undertail pale grey, with coarse spotting and/or barring.

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8. Purple Heron (Juv.)

Ad: Crown and hind neck slate-black, with 2 long black plumes extending behind head. Sides of head and neck orange-brown; black moustachial stripe bifurcates below eye, creating orange-brown 'island' behind eye. Black stripe extends down length of side of neck. Back dull olive-grey, with elongated lower back feathers buff, edged white. Tail grey. Upper wings uniform dark grey. Underwing coverts chestnut, contrasting with dark grey flight feathers. Chin and throat white, lower half streaked black. Lower neck slate grey, grading into elongated rufous, white and black plumes of upper breast. Shoulder, upper belly and flanks rich vinaceous, merging into black lower belly and vent. Bill and eyes yellow, lores greenish. Legs yellow-brown, with black on front of tarsus and tops of toes. Imm & Juv: As ad, but generally duller. Cap dark brown. Lacks facial markings. Tawny-brown above, except for dark grey flight feathers. Streaking and stripes on neck and throat reduced and duller; underparts more uniform buff. Lacks any elongated feathers/plumes.

(All ID descriptions from Roberts'Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa.

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