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must appoligise to freda. it was you who guessed 20, not katy. so well done freda :clap:

will post answers little later :)

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@timbo: Don't be discouraged if someone else has a different answer. you could very well be right and them wrong. in this case you were wrong however, but very close :D keep at it. at least you're learning
@CS: Good job. i thought for sure that one was harder :lol: obviously not for you.

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a. Identify
Bar tailed Godwit
b. On what do they feed.
They feed on small aquatic animals, such as molluscs and worms.
c. What other bird is it most commonly mistaken for? Describe the difference between the two.
The blacktailed godwit. When together, the bartailed godwit appears smaller because of its shorter legs and the bill is shorter and more upturned. The plumage is more streaked also. In flight, they are easily distinguished by their wing and tail patterns.
d. In what habitats are these birds found?
They are most commonly found along estuaries, bays and lagoons around the coast, and mostly only in summer.

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a. Identify this bird
b. What bird is it most commonly mistaken for at first glance?
c. Discuss the breeding biology
d. Discuss the feeding behaviour and on what it feeds.
e. They are found mainly in the range of another bird species because they make use of their nests? What specie is this and what advantage and disadvantage does this other specie gain?

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HEy i know.

-Pygmy Falcon
-Black-shouldered kite
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-Hawks lizards and insects
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@ Jonty, yes you are right it was Freda not me guessing the right number of 20 birds .

- Pygmy Falcon
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-The female is said to incubate alone, and is fed by the male.Are occasionally engaged in polyandrous relationships, where there are more than two adults living together and tending nestlings
-preys on insects, small reptiles and even small mammals
-the host species is commonly the Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius),disadvantage:occasionally catch and eat nestlings and even adults,advantage: ?

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I'll agree with katy and timbo..

a) Pygmy Falcon
b) Blackshouldered Kite
c) Season: August-March, may raise 2 broods. Nest: chamber of sociable weaver. Incubation: 28-30 days by both sexes but mostly female. Chick fed by both parents.
d) Diet: Lage insects to small lizards, rarely small rodents, birds and adults and nestlings of sociable weavers.
Drops in quick stoop, from a telephone pole or dead tree, to catch prey. Catches insects in flight.
e) Sociable weaver,
Advantage: Umm keeps other predators away?
Disadvantage: nestlings and adults are eaten

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well done everyone :clap:
none of you however got the second question right. but when you see the answer you'll be surprised. :shock: i was

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a. Identify this bird
Pygmy falcon
b. What bird is it most commonly mistaken for at first glance?
Its behaviour is very much shrike like, and therefore is often mistaken for a grey and white shrike.
c. Discuss the breeding biology
Breeds irregularly and may breed twice a year. They lay 2-4 eggs, white in colour and the incubation period is approximately 30days. Incubation is mostly by female.
d. Discuss the feeding behaviour and on what it feeds.
Approximately 50% of their feed is lizards. Also feed on insects and occasionally small birds and small mammals. Their prey is usually taken on ground, and hunted from a perch.
e. They are found mainly in the range of another bird species because they make use of their nests? What specie is this and what advantage and disadvantage does this other specie gain?
They make use of weaver nests. The advantage the weavers gain is that of protection from predators, but the disadvantage gained is that they may fall prey to the pygmy falcon.

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a. Identify this bird
b. On what does this bird feed?
c. What birds act as this birds hosts?
d. Discuss the breeding biology of this bird.
e. Discuss its habitat

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Interesting to see what bird the Pygmy Falcon is mistaken for. Is it due to its size?

Woah this is a tough one..

a) Black Cuckoo
b) Insects (mainly caterpillars)
c) Only Crimsonbreasted Shrike, Southern and Tropical Boubous
d) Season: October-January. 1 egg per host's nest which closely resembles host's egg. Incubation: 13-14 days. Nestling evicts host eggs or young within 48 hours of hatching.
e) Forest edges, woodland, riverine bush, exotic plantations, farmlands, suburban areas.

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I agree.

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Great you two. well answered CS. :dance:
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a. Identify this bird
Black cuckoo
b. On what does this bird feed?
Feeds on mainly caterpillars and also insects.
c. What birds act as these birds hosts?
Its hosts are the cromsonbreasted shrike and the boubou shrike.
d. Discuss the breeding biology of this bird.
This bird parasitiexes shrikes nests, and breeds during November to march. Their eggs resemble that of their hosts. The incubation period is 14days. Within 3days of hatching, the nestlings evict the hosts eggs.
e. Discuss its habitat
Woodland and savannah regions. It avoids grassland and arid areas.

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a. identify this bird
b. On what do these birds feed and how?
c. Discuss the breeding biology.
d. The species of which this bird belongs to has a typical tail movement characteristic. What tail movements does this bird do that is different to the rest?
e. Discuss the typical habitat.

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Ok here I go..

a) Kalahari Robin
b) Diet: Insects (mainly termites, beetles, ants), spiders, centipedes and small fruits.
Catches food well runs on ground.
c) Season: September to December or January in Zimbabwe. July to January in Transvaal.
Nest: built from groun level to 2,5m above the ground.
Eggs: white, spooted with red-brown and grey. 2-4 eggs.
Incubation: not recorded.
d) Stops now and then flicking tail up then carries on running. May flick tail and droop wings.
e) Open scrub and Accacia savanna on Kalahari sands, usually with bare ground.

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well done CS :)

Answers:
a. identify this bird
Kalahari robin
b. On what do these birds feed and how?
Feeds on insects which are usually taken on the ground.
c. Discuss the breeding biology.
Breeds during rains, from November to march, depending however on locality. The nest is an unti8dy straw cup, usually placed low in thorny bushes. The eggs are whitish with brown speckles. Approximately 2-3 eggs are laid.
d. The species of which this bird belongs to has a typical tail movement characteristic. What tail movements does this bird do that is different to the rest?
Robins usually have a habit of raising and lowering the tail in a characteristic fashion. The Kalahari species, however, flicks its tail upwards and then slowly lowers it. The upward flick is also usually accompanied by a quick single wing flick as well. The tail may also be fanned during this process.
e. Discuss the typical habitat.
Dry, sandy scrub savannah throughout Africa.

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a. Identify this bird
b. Does the males’ appearance differ during courtship? Describe the courtship of the male.
c. Discuss the feeding methods and on what they feed.
d. When is the breeding season? Discuss the nest and eggs.
e. Discuss the difference in appearance between the male and female.

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Good Evening All..

a) Knobbilled Duck
b) When breeding males have a yellowish head and knob on the beak is larger then when not breeding. Males have about three females but don't know about the courtship.
c) Mainly seeds of grass, waterlilies, grain crops, locusts, aquatic insect larvae and plant propagules.
Feeds early and late hours by dabbling in the shallows (mainly females), or by stripping grass seeds (mainly males).
d) Season: November to March (mostly November to December) in SA. September to April in Zimbabwe.
Nest: Hole in tree near water or 1km away. It is usually lined with white down.
Eggs: Gloosy yellowish, measuring 58,6x43 and weighing 46-56g. Usually 8 eggs but can be 6-20.
e) Male much larger, males have a yellow undertail were females have white and females lack the knob on bill.

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Have to agree with candy on this one.

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a. Identify this bird
Knobbilled duck
b. Does the males’ appearance differ during courtship? Describe the courtship of the male.During courtship, the males establish territories on pans and wetlands. The male develops a yellow patch on the cheeks and on the flanks near the tail. Also, the males’ mandible greatly enlarges until well over his head. Courtship displays are often performed on branches. The male approaches the female by walking sideways, bowing his neck to show his enlarged comb while flicking his tail and raising his feathers.
c. Discuss the feeding methods and on what they feed.
They feed on a variety of plant foods, including seeds of waterlillies, pondweed and aquatic grasses. They also feed on aquatic insects, and may even take fallen seeds or grains from dry land. Feeding takes place in the mornings and evenings.
d. When is the breeding season? Discuss the nest and eggs.Breeding season occurs during the wet season, peaking from November to January in most areas. The nest is usually built in holes of trees or logs. 6-10 eggs are usually laid. They are glossy yellowish in colour and are approximately 59*43mm in size
e. Discuss the difference in appearance between the male and female.The male and female both exhibit metallic black backs and tails, with grey flanks, and a white belly and neck. The male, however, is larger and has a well developed black comb on the bill.

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a. Identify this bird
b. Discuss the feeding behaviour. On what do they feed?
c. Discuss the breeding biology.
d. What is this bird commonly mistaken for?
e. Discuss the habitat.

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-Lesser Jacana (Microparra capensis)
-primary food source is insects, which they find by perching on floating water lily leaves with their heads down and turning leaves over with their toes. Invertebrates such as aquatic moth larvae are another source of food. They seem to prefer small, floating organisms to flying insects. Jacanas occasionally eat small fish, but this is rare.
-they are polyandrous (females mate with more than one male). Jacanas also exhibit sex-role reversal. Males tend the nest and care for chicks while the larger, more aggressive females defend the territory from predators.
-African Jacana fledgling? :hmz:
-Marshes, ponds, and lakes with floating aquatic vegetation. Also shallow water, often in emergent vegetation

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