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Also agree on Bennett's :)
Perhaps this one is more creamy than streaked in the family :?


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Great :clap:

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Identify this bird.
Bennetts woodpecker
What is different about this bird compared to the rest of the family?
This woodpecker has weaker bills than that of other woodpeckers, which is why they do not drum against trees. They generally nest in existing holes.
Discuss what this bird feeds on and how it feeds.
Feeds on whole or large ants, termites and their larvae. They excavate open nests on the ground and lap up emerging ants. They also glean ants and termites on the surface of trees and branches
Discuss the breeding biology of this bird
They breed September to February, and nest in holes in trees 3-6m above the ground. Both sexes excavate nest, incubate eggs and rear the young.
What’s the first thing that indicates to one that this bird is in the vicinity?
Their characteristic call note accompanied by a striking wing stretching display is the one thing indicating to one that this bird is in the vicinity.

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(P&H Harris, http://www.kenyabirds.org)

1. Identify this bird
2. What is the name given to the female?
3. Who is larger? The male or female.
4. Does the plumage of the male ever change, or does it stay the same, during the breeding season?
5. What makes up the main diet?

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Tough but I'll have a go..

*Spotted Redshank
*Hen?
*Female
*Changes
*Small aquatic invertebrates and small fish
:?

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unfortunately no :(
I'll give you guys another day to see if you can get it :D

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Ok I'll give it a try:

-Common Redshank
- ?
-female :hmz:
- yes, breeding plumage are generally a subdued, light brown above with some darker mottling
-during the breeding season, they hunt insects, spiders, worms. The rest of the time, they also eat molluscs and crustaceans, and sometimes small fishes and tadpoles

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Nope

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Ah shame :?

At first I thought it's a Ruff, but the red bill irritated me.So I changed my mind to Redshack :roll:

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Here is what I found about the Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

- male much larger than female
- female is called the reeve
- extremely unusual breeding plumages, with large neck ruffs and head tufts of a variety of colors
- Insects make up a large portion of its diet, but they also will feed on small mollusks and crustaceans, small fish, frogs and tadpoles, worms, and seeds

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Yip!! That's alot better.. I agree with Katy

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There you go guys :clap:
i knew you'd get it :dance:

Answers:
1. Identify this bird
Ruff
2. What is the name given to the female?
Reeve
3. Who is larger? The male or female.
The ruff is noticeably larger, measuring approximately 30cm in length, compared to the female, which is only 25cm in length.
4. Does the plumage of the male ever change, or does it stay the same, during the breeding season?
The ruff develops a bizarre, multicoloured ruff and ear tufts, hence its name. this ruff is often black and rufous in colour.
5. What makes up the main diet?
They mainly eat insects and their larvae, also molluscs, crustaceans, worms and some vegetable matter.

I'll post the next one this afternoon :)

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Next..... :D
(Anthony van Zyl, http://www.kestreling.com)
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1. Identify
2. Is this bird gregarious or found in pairs?
3. Is it a permanent resident of South Africa?
4. Is it insectivorous or herbivorous?

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Ok another try (although Raptors always giveme a hard time :? )

I falter if it is a Peregrine Falcon or an Amur Falcon :? :? (because of the very dark spotted feathers of the breast and the very orange legs and beak), so I will opt for the latter

-Amur Falcon/Falco amurensis
-in Africa, it occurs in large flocks, sometimes including Lesser Kestrels and Red-footed Falcons
-common summer visitor
-attracted to termite emergences, locust swarms, and crop harboring beetles and other insects

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Good evening all..

Yes it is a falcon amur.. Well in my book a Eatern Redfooted Kestrel..
* Gregarious, found roosting with up to 5 000 birds :shock: In company of the Lesser Kestrel and Redfooted.
* Migrates to North China via India. Also found in Namibia, Siberia and Mchuria. Mostly found in summers.
* Insectivore

Enjoy the rest of the night :wink:

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Answers:
1. Identify
Eastern redfooted kestrel
2. Is this bird gregarious or found in pairs?
They are gregarious, and have been seen in their thousands, gathering at a single roost.
3. Is it a permanent resident of South Africa?
No, they migrate to southern Africa from about November, and return north to their region, March to mid-April, flying as far as Siberia, Mongolia and central Asia.
4. Is it insectivorous or herbivorous?
They are entirely insectivorous, hunting grasshoppers and other insects from perches, or hovering above the ground.

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(P&H Harris, http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk)
a. Identify this bird
b. Describe the most distinctive plumage feature.
c. This bird is often mistaken for two other birds. Name them.
d. Is it solitary or gregarious?
e. How long are the eggs incubated?

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-Lizard Buzzard/Kaupifalco monogrammicus
-vertical black line on the white throat, which distinguishes this species from all other raptors
-Gabar Goshawk and Shikra(?)
-solitary
-the female will incubate the eggs for around 32 days

Thank you jonty, this is so much fun :clap:
You should see me sitting here with 4 different bird books and my friend google :lol:
Although I am often wrong I learn a lot, thanx for all your effort making up these bird quizzes :thumbs_up:

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