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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:09 am 
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It seems the forums have experienced some technical glitches for a while now as I've had trouble signing in. At any rate, I had a look at this thread now and while it seems that you have reached a conclusion on the lark I just thought I'd add my twopence.

As JOL said, the bird is surely a lark of the Mirafra genus. In KNP there arent' really all that many options and he narrowed it down to Rufous-naped and Flappet.

While you expressed your doubts over Rufous-naped, Yolandé, I have to say that this bird is most certainly not a Flappet Lark. On Flappet Lark, at least the ones here in the eastern parts, the darker background on which the chest streaking is extends well down onto the undersides and specifically the flanks. This makes them much darker looking birds and yours might have some darker background at the streaking but it certainly does not cover the underparts.

Also, the pale outer rectrices are wrong for Flappet Lark and, had the other features not ruled it out, might have rather pointed to Clapper then.

Flappet / Clapper aside though, the features that I can see on the bird (chest streaking, bill shape, eyebrow, rufous wing patch) all fit Rufous-naped.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks Deefstes! I have looked at other photo's I have of Rufous-naped - and :redface: they do look the same.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Yolandé Oelsen wrote:
Please help me ID this LBJ: I have no idea if its a pipit or lark. It was seen just ouside on Nkhumbe lookout point. Has barring on the chest, and white eye stripe.The tail seems short, with light outer tail feathers.
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Yolandé - It's a Rufous-naped Lark, if it will help for next time: note the rufous on the secondary wingfeathers in pic#1 which is typical in this bird(normally seen when flying away from you) as well as the bit of rufous on the hind head/neck in pic#2 which is more obvious when the crest is up. Pipits have longer, slender bills and depending on what species, yellow or pinkish base.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Help, please. For the last 2 weeks we've seen this bird on the farm - Pongola(Northern Natal). Mostly running around on the ground, all alone.
We are guessing Flappet Lark :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Definately a lark........and im guessing either a Sabota or Rufous Naped.......... :D Can't say i've seen either in such golen light, so the orange/rufous chest was throwing me off......But judging by the colour of primaries, im going with Rufous Naped Lark.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I agree Rusty, the colour seems to enhanced, but everything points to Rufous-naped Lark. Especially the second pic shows the rufous on the wing very nicely.


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Agree- Rufous naped Lark it is :thumbs_up:

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:clap: Thank you all :clap:
The colour and its behaviour was a bit confussing.

Be sure some more LBJ's will follow


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Hi Lizet, only saw your reply on my rufous naped lark now :redface: Thanks for the info - will remember it! And welcome here!!! :D

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Pleasure Yolande and Thank you!


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Hi guys here is one more

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Ivan it looks like Rufous-naped Lark. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Ivan- I agree with RN-lark.


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