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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby granjan » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:50 pm

Thanks Roan. :thumbs_up:
I thought it was but the brown on the wings just worried me a bit. :redface:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johannes van Niekerk » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:48 am

This one confuses me... It looks a lot like a Lesser Grey Shrike, but the forehead is completely grey (not black like the books show). It was also seen in an area where there were a lot of Red-backed Shrikes, but no rufous on the wings and back.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Mutorashanga » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:43 pm

Hi Johannes van Niekerk, this is definitely a Lesser Grey Shrike. It appears to be a juvenile coming into adult plumage. If you look closely at the forehead the feathers are slightly barred and the black mask is also only behind the eyes. Also Newman's 1991 states that the front of the mask is often absent between November to early January. A juvenile Lesser Grey Shrike has extensive barring on the head and back, and also to a lesser extent on the flanks. The pinkish/buffish wash on the flanks is a feature of the adult bird. A good picture :clap:

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:49 pm

This one was also taken near Phala Gate, bt sorry it's not a very good photo!!
I thought maybe Red-backed Shrike?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby granjan » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:27 pm

Hi Val.
I think I might know this one :pray: , tho' I'm sure the experts will put me right
Lesser grey shrike?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:32 pm

granjan wrote:Hi Val.
I think I might know this one :pray: , tho' I'm sure the experts will put me right
Lesser grey shrike?


Yes granjan I also thought that at first, then changed to Red-backed, but now think you (and my first choice) may be right.........as you say, we'll wait for the experts!!! :whistle:
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:27 am

The broader dark mask probably suggests Lesser Grey Shrike more than Red-backed Shrike.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Wildkyker » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:28 am

[color=#004000]Hi everybody.
I am new to birdwatching and need some help. On my last road trip I saw these birds but cant seem to make out what they are. I have got the Ilustrated Sasol bird book.
Please help :pray:

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I saw this little bird in Marakele Park on the visit there.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:47 am

5. Lesser grey shrike
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