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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Barcud » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:07 pm

Hi Niall,

Thanks for the correction. (I'd ruled LTPW out due to all my references showing this bird as having a "clean" striped head, cheek and throat, but was not happy with the bill colour).

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby nightjar » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:12 pm

Thanks for your help with this one Barcud and Niall. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BlackHarrier » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:51 am

Anyone know what this is? Also photographed in the Kruger National Park unfortunately I cant remember many details as this was a few years ago it was by itself and it had striking colours it is the bird in the circle in front of the Sparrows, there is also a Purple Roller in the left corner, any guesses will be appreciated!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:07 am

Well..... It's a very small pic of the bird, but at a guess I'd say Long tailed Paradise Whydah in transitional plumage?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BlackHarrier » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:19 am

Yeah sorry about the pic thanks for the feedback though :) :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby charbel » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:56 am

Hi,

I agree that it is a paradise wydah in the picture with the roller...

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

Unread postby Leeukos » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:40 pm

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

Unread postby Leeukos » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:41 pm

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 26, 2014 10:48 am

I saw this one 18 months ago in a reserve in north eastern Botswana, near the Chobe river.

I thought it was a burnt necked eremomela, but in looking it up as we are creating a file of photographed birds, I saw it was nothing like it. But what is it?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby TrevorC » Mon May 26, 2014 1:15 pm

Looks like Long-tailed Paradise Whydah BB :D Then again you may get Broad-tailed PW in that area as well, but the tail does not look broad enough in this case.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon May 26, 2014 2:37 pm

I agree with TrevorC ID, but not with his reasoning. The tail on this bird is still growing and can therefor not serve as diagnostic feature. The back of the neck is nicely shown in one of you pix and the lack of red in that area (straw-coloured instead) is diagnostic of Long-tailed paradise whydah.

Both species occur in that neck-o-the-woods.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby TrevorC » Mon May 26, 2014 3:22 pm

Thanks for the ID tip Johan :thumbs_up:
I am heading up there later in the year and hope to pick up a BT Paradise Whydah, so will remember that now :D
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