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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:32 am

Really tough. The one with the thick bill, one would want to lean towards Bradfield's, but everything else says Fawn-coloured.

The other bird is in a very strange posture. :hmz: But the feint breast streaking probably rules out Sabota Lark. I think Matt is spot on here.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:28 pm

More. By now the larks have me "so deurmekaar soos 'n verkleurmannetjie op 'n Smartie Box"! :doh: I am thoroughly confused. They all look the same to me!

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:12 am

GP, I think this one is also a Fawn Coloured Lark.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:36 am

:thumbs_up: DD

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:17 am

Seen on the N14 between Upington and Pofadder (about 70 km from Pofadder) on 25 August.

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:07 am

Sho Naomi, this is quite an interesting Lark.

The area where you saw it and the prominent large bill, and what seems to look like a black "tear drop" visible tends me to lean towards Sclater's Lark.

Large Billed Lark is also a possibility.

It could very well be a young one still and that might explain the weird coloration all over.

Unfortunately I have never seen a Sclaters Lark, so I am just basing my guess on the reference guides.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:45 pm

Large-billed Lark has a distinct yellow lower mandible.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:03 am

Sclater's Lark could very well be a possibility for the first lark. The underparts seems a bit pale though, but investigate that one a bit further.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:18 am

To deal with the first one is a lot trickier.

I will give you a hint, and suggest you have a look at the photographs of the larks in http://www.birdpics.co.za this gives a better idea of jiz and colour than the painted images in the books. It also helps to show some of the variability of the larks species.

Sclater's lark has a lot of bold black markings on the face and bill, so that rules it out.

Lets see if you can work it out by elimination?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:31 am

@ WTM, Yes I agree, it is the only really good match I can think off based on the range in which it was found.

Scouring through the internet, I have come across some photos of Sclater's Lark which do look quite pale underneath, but not quite as pale as this bird.

Once again I have no experience with the Larks in that area, and even Stark's Lark could be a possibility here, as it has very pale underparts. I wouldn't know if Stark's Lark have such large bills though

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:55 am

In the very first post I'm pretty sure there are two different species.
The first one perched on the wood looks like a Fawn-coloured Lark.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:25 am

I had the same thought cross my mind Matt.. it also looks like the first photo shows a smaller bill than the other 3 photos

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:16 pm

I'm less sure of the first picture.


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