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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Now these two birds look like FT drongos but I have never seen the tail spread like this. There was a very cuckoo looking bird (white barring on chest) that ducked out of sight. Now that might be just a red herring! :lol:

These were seen near Punda Maria in January 2010.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I think FT drongo as well, because of the reddish eye which distinguishes it from the similar looking 'I-have-forgotten-its-name' bird.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Cherries wrote:
Now these two birds look like FT drongos but I have never seen the tail spread like this.
These were seen near Punda Maria in January 2010.

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Cherries, I am sure your birds are indeed Fork-tailed Drongos but in moult where the tail seems to have those little extra feather sticking out from the side.
We were confused last year after seeing them frequently in the PM area and then found the explanation in the SASOL bird guide. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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@Elsa - thank you so much for the explanation.

As a novice birder I never even thought about moulting! :doh:

A good learning curve! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed
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They are really sneaky birds....
Drongos in the Kalahari mimic the alarm calls of other species in order to steal food, scientists have found.

The birds "play tricks" on meerkats in particular, following the little mammals around until they catch a meal.

The drongos then make fake alarm calls that mimic other species and cause the meerkats to run for cover, allowing the drongos to swoop in.

Have a read in the whole article.

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 Post subject: Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed
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 Post subject: Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed
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Also seen near Phabeni gate

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Could someone please help me with the ID of this bird seen in Kruger in June this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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That is a Fork-tailed Drongo Elsa :D

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