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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:05 pm 
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Hi Trevor
they are listed in Roberts for this area and there is no mention of vagrant birds for this area, birds seen in South Africa or in fact a little further south than this sighting are generally considered vagrant or escapee's. They are seen to be confined to the Zambezi valley and escarpment area no further south than that it appears.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:56 pm 
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Thanks Wingman :thumbs_up:

That is great news - I will be at Vic falls in November so can add these to my wishlist :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Shucks - it is actually Black-cheeked Lovebirds that I was thinking of as escapees at Vic Falls :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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To add what wingman has mentioned -According to Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, they only occur in the Zambezi valley area as well as north eastern Zambia, close to the Malawi/Tanzania border

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:25 am 
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Last weekend in our Joburg garden we saw this parrot.
He looks remarkably like the Brown headed parrot but my bird book does not show the distribution as being here? Anyone else seen them in Gauteng?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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It looks like the Senegal Parrot, Poicephalus senegalus, which is endemic to Western Africa. So it must have escaped from captivity.

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Oh wow! There were 4 of them and they were shrieking which I see the Senegal does.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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There used to be several Senagal Parrots in the Broadacres area of Johannesburg. I have a few photos from around 2010, and identification was confirmed by staff at Monte Casino Bird Park. I have not seen them for a while, but have recently heard them flying over my home in the greater Fourways area, so I can confirm that they are still around. In what part of Gauteng are you situated?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Very interesting. I am in Morningside Manor. So they are around Gauteng then. I think it is them I am hearing at dusk some evenings as it is a bird sound I have never heard before. Hope they don't become a pest like they are in Western Africa.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks all for the help with our lifebirds! i've now ticked it :dance: :dance: :dance:
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Can someone please help to ID this bird photographed in Pretoriuskop restcamp. Tnx.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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My provisional guess is that it is a juvenile Grey Tit-Flycatcher.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thank you Rooies. If it is the Grey Tit then I have a new one to tick, if it is the Ashy then I have a better image then the previous one. I think (obviously) that you are correct. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I have three questions:
1. When was this pic taken?
2. Why the weird photo crop?
3. Do you have other pix of the same bird? Views of the bill and back and tail will help lots.

I have a strong feeling that it is a spotted flycatcher, but first want to see your answers before committing 100%...

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I agree with JVR here, post the original frame showing the entire bird and lets see :)


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