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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:09 pm 
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Okay lets give this a go. BB your first one I'm afraid I can't get a 100% ID on, but the shape and colouring suggest your wife may be correct with juv Common Starling.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks MattA. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Another that I need help with :hmz: I think that it may be a juvenile of some sort? But I have no idea what sort! Seen at Intaka Island (Century City), Cape Town, on 16 November 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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At first I thought it was a Cape Weaver who got dipped in oil. But more likely to be an immature Common Starling.

There is some indication of a whitish throat.

Weird bird. Do you have more photos of it? The pale'ish eye bugs me a bit.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:57 pm 
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wildtuinman wrote:
At first I thought it was a Cape Weaver who got dipped in oil. But more likely to be an immature Common Starling.

There is some indication of a whitish throat.

Weird bird. Do you have more photos of it? The pale'ish eye bugs me a bit.

Thanks WTM. I'd also thought possibly a juvenile starling, but I was thinking wattled? Unfortunately I only have one other photo of this bird and I'm not sure it's much further help. Definitely a weird bird!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I don't see any presence of a pale rump, which would rule out Wattled Starling.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Juvenile pale-winged starling possibly? :hmz: (rather looks like the juvenile indicated in the Oberprieler & Cillié photo guide.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I really don't know the Cape all that well, but I would think that where arks saw the bird may be out of range for Pale-winged Starling.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I didn't take note of the specific location before - just remembered "Cape" :redface:

In any case after googling "common starling juvenile", and seeing lots of birds looking exactly like this one, I'm convinced that it is indeed a common starling :D

[btw, wildtuinman - when is the next Bird ID challenge coming up? :twisted: (your challenges are very, well, challenging, so we need lots and lots of time to find (or not find) the answers :D ]


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks so much, WTM and dabchick, for your help with solving this one :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Starling, Common/European
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 Post subject: Re: Starling, Common/European
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Nice shot WTM :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Starling, Common/European
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Ditto Trev! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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This bird was photographed at Ebb and Flow (Wilderness) in November 2014. I saw it in the same area (open grass area next to fynbos) on several occasions. Photographs were generally overexposed, but the following 2 crops were fairly representative.
The yellow base to the bill directed my initial search, and I originally thought maybe Plain-backed Pipit, but the overall colouring and the shortish tail (and the fact that the back does appear a little mottled) made me discount that possibility. The shape and bill size also made me discount the African Pipit.
Then I thought, maybe a lark?
Based on the shape and yellow base to the bill and the buffy eyebrow, I am now leaning to Large-Billed Lark. (The colour appears to be somewhat darker than the photographs and drawings of the L-b L that I found, but that might be due to the photographer....and there does appear to be streaking on the breast)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Hi Albert,

It is a young Common Starling.

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