Skip to Content

Identification Help - General Birds

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

Moderator: hilda

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2608
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat May 02, 2015 6:22 am

Exactly... :thumbs_up:
671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5477
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 04, 2015 11:53 am

arks wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:Hi Arks, the bib rules out any of the rare wagtails.

It is a Cape Wagtail.

Thanks WTM :gflower: But I'm still curious/confused about the yellow on this bird ... how do you account for that? Is it a hybrid? :hmz:


Hi Arks, sometimes the light plays tricks on our lenses and eyes which could be assisted by the green grass, but in saying that, I have seen a few juvenile wagtails with some light yellow underparts below, which is exactly what I reckon your bird is. Sasol describes as follow:

"belly washed yellow-buff"
666
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4116
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon May 04, 2015 2:30 pm

wildtuinman wrote:
arks wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:Hi Arks, the bib rules out any of the rare wagtails.

It is a Cape Wagtail.

Thanks WTM :gflower: But I'm still curious/confused about the yellow on this bird ... how do you account for that? Is it a hybrid? :hmz:

Hi Arks, sometimes the light plays tricks on our lenses and eyes which could be assisted by the green grass, but in saying that, I have seen a few juvenile wagtails with some light yellow underparts below, which is exactly what I reckon your bird is. Sasol describes as follow:

"belly washed yellow-buff"

Thanks so much for the additional explanation, WTM, much appreciated :gflower:
RSA 2015
1-30 June Darling
30 June-8 July National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
8-15 July Mountain Zebra
16-22 July Cape Town

User avatar
Karin Mitton
Posts: 327
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:56 am
Location: Jhb

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Mon May 04, 2015 8:13 pm

Albert wrote:Red-billed Buffalo-Weavers? (both pics). Pafuri, April 2015

Image

Image



Once again, before I can even ask my question the answer is given! Saw these guys at. Duke water hole and thought Indigo, but they were to big, and then I find the answer here. 1 of the 16 lifers seen in Kruger this weekend.


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”