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 Post subject: Firefinch, African (Blue-billed)
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:36 am 
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Good Morning Everyone.

I came back from a fantastic 10 days in Kruger. Got 5 species that I saw that aren't clear to me... Wondering if anyone can confirm my sucpicions?

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I believe that this guy is an African Firefinch.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Yes, fully brown back clinches this one as an African Firefinch.


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 Post subject: Firefinch, African (Blue-billed)
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:pray: help.

I wish to confirm which of the firefinches this is:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi DB
Where were these taken ?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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In Kruger - near Letaba.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi DB,

I'll go out on a limb here and give these a go.

African (Bluebilled) Firefinch - Grey head and brown wings).

Hope I'm right on these, so please feel free to correct me if not (and give pointers).

Barcud.

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 Post subject: Ex-Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Barcud wrote:
Hi DB,

I'll go out on a limb here and give these a go.

African (Bluebilled) Firefinch - Grey head and brown wings).

Hope I'm right on these, so please feel free to correct me if not (and give pointers).

Barcud.

Thanks for your help Barcud - I never thought how difficult ID'ing those little things could be :shock:

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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
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some birds to ID please :D
1) 11.10 near Skukuza
Image Jameson's Firefinch ?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Nice birdies, anne-marie!

#1 - those firefinches are tricky ones. I think, because of the darker feathers on the head, that yours may be an African firefinch, rather than the Jameson's (and perhaps a female?), but hope one of the fundis will confirm.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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You're correct on all three the other birds.

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Actually, I might have been hasty with the first one. I think Arks might be correct in that it is a female African Firefinch.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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thanks a lot arks and deefstes :D
not easy to identify :?

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 Post subject: Firefinch, African (Blue Billed)
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 Post subject: Re: Firefinch, African (Blue Billed)
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