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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:13 pm

:hmz: I have 3... maybe the 2 last are the same... maybe

3) same place - same day... a little bit more colored... maybe a male :redface:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ladybirder » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:42 pm

3 Female Black-backed Puffback

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Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:55 pm

thank you very much :D
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Re: Puffback: Black-backed Puffback

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon May 14, 2012 6:45 pm

I took this picture of a Black-backed Puffback close to Krokkedil-Bridge in November 2011.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Dabchick » Tue May 29, 2012 8:46 am

Is that really a black-backed puffback?

An adult is supposed to have a red eye, and a juvie a brown one (not a black eye).

The tail in the puffback is supposed to be all-black. There is white visible on the edges of the tail of this bird.

The back is supposed to be black. This bird's back is greyish.

And finally, I've found no mention of any brown in the wing feathers of the black-backed puffback, and there are clearly some brown in this bird's wing feathers.


:hmz:


I don't have an alternative ID yet :whistle: :wall: , but I'm not convinced that it's a black-backed puffback...

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue May 29, 2012 9:22 am

Dabchick wrote:Is that really a black-backed puffback?

I don't have an alternative ID yet :whistle: :wall: , but I'm not convinced that it's a black-backed puffback...


GO!, Dabchick, GO! :twisted:

I'm really keen to see what you come up with! :lol:
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Unread postby Dabchick » Tue May 29, 2012 9:26 am

I haven't promised anything :shock:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue May 29, 2012 11:16 am

Dabchick wrote: :hmz:

I don't have an alternative ID yet :whistle: :wall:


This infers that you will try until you do? :roll: :lol:
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Unread postby MattAxel » Tue May 29, 2012 4:02 pm

I'm pretty sure it's a Puffback. If you look closely you'll see the eye is brown, it's just the shadow over the face makes it look black. Young Puffbacks can have some white on the outer-tail and also do have grey, not black, backs. Check some of the pics posted on this thread of young Puffbacks viewtopic.php?t=23250 they really do look like this bird. I've also seen young Puffbacks myself, in the field, that look exactly like this. I've seen quite a few variations in young Puffbacks that aren't described in the filed guides, I even saw (and photographed) one in Botswana with an orange breast! There's really not much else it could be.

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue May 29, 2012 7:47 pm

MattAxel wrote:I'm pretty sure it's a Puffback. If you look closely you'll see the eye is brown, it's just the shadow over the face makes it look black. Young Puffbacks can have some white on the outer-tail and also do have grey, not black, backs. Check some of the pics posted on this thread of young Puffbacks viewtopic.php?t=23250 they really do look like this bird. I've also seen young Puffbacks myself, in the field, that look exactly like this. I've seen quite a few variations in young Puffbacks that aren't described in the filed guides, I even saw (and photographed) one in Botswana with an orange breast! There's really not much else it could be.


Oh, my goodness, but you ARE a spoil-sports, MattAxel... :roll:

I was REALLY looking forward to enjoying dabchick's journey of discovery :twisted:

Couldn't you detect the massive tongue-in-cheek?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Tue May 29, 2012 8:37 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Oh, my goodness, but you ARE a spoil-sports, MattAxel... :roll:

I was REALLY looking forward to enjoying dabchick's journey of discovery :twisted:

Couldn't you detect the massive tongue-in-cheek?


Oooof :wall: really didn't detect the tongue-in-cheek there JvR. Thought you were also disagreeing with my ID and sending Dabchick on a wild shrike chase. Haha sorry about that.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Dabchick » Wed May 30, 2012 7:37 am

Thanks MattAxel! :thumbs_up:

This saves me a lot of effort :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Wed May 30, 2012 6:40 pm

Dabchick wrote:Thanks MattAxel! :thumbs_up:

This saves me a lot of effort :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


No Problem Dabchick, at least I helped someone out. You can't please everyone hey :lol:

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:49 pm

Hi I saw these two birds in Phalaborwa last week. I have no idea what they are :tongue:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Highbury » Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:55 pm

The bird in the right of the pic is a puffback.


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