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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:15 pm 
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Thanks, Hanlie. Then it is most likely a grey tit as the distribution of the two doesn't overlap. Also the ashy tit is more overall grey, whilst the grey tit has pinkish-buff underparts and a brownish back.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Arks, yes distribution wise it must be the Southern Grey Tit but colour wise it looks like the Ashy Grey.

Unfortunately my pictures are small on the forum. I use Photo vault and could not upload larger files.

Can you suggest another server to upload larger files?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I use Tinypic, which does allow you to upload larger images. I resize mine first to the forum's required size using IrfanView, then uload to Tinypic and use their code to post here. HTH

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Tnx for the info Arks.

I am not aware of the required forum sizes, can you please advise me?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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@hanlieLr

Look at the distribution, your bird is possibly Grey Tit. Ashy Tit occurs further north and prefers drier Acacia woodland


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Arks

I followed your method to obtain larger pics on the forum.

Please have a look at the colour of the bird and give me your opinion again

Tnx very much for your assistance thus far.


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Grey Tit :thumbs_up:


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De Mond Nature reserve, September 2014.

White-fronted plover?

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Agreed Albert. :thumbs_up:

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Great Egret? A bit confused because the legs don't appear to be completely black?

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Yellow-billed Egret.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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We were in Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side last week. Went for a walk next to the river early morning and came accross approx. 10 lilian's lovebirds. With them were a lovebird we could not identify, it was blue with a grey head and pink beak...does anyone have any idea which lovebird it is or if it is still lillians but maybe young???


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And here is the rest of the lovebirds, they were all in the same tree but couldn't take a picture until the flew to this palm tree. Am I correct in identifying the rest as Lilians' lovebirds?
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Hi Maretam

Nice sighting on the lovebirds, the blue one is a problem as there is no natural blue bird such as this bird. This is a hybrid bred artificially, the only similar ones are the grey headed (male has grey head) from Madagascar and the blue back in the rosy faced lovebird which has been bred through to bring out this colouring. A bird such as this in the wild can cause havoc in the natural population as these hybrids are sometimes sterile but not always and could result in the species being diluted from its original form.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Certainly look like Lillian's Lovebirds :D

Not sure how true it is, but I have heard that these Lillians' around Vic Falls are actually also escapees and are thus not really "tickable" birds as such.
Maybe some of the other mites may have more information?

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