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Re: Snow Ball

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:30 pm

You should be able to find them throughout Kruger, but the areas with woodland and riverine forest is best suited for them as habitat.
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Re: Snow Ball

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:12 am

In the forum thread for the puffback nannie posted a nice photograph of a displaying bird. Quite clear why its also called a "sneeubal", the Afrikaans name that was directly translated into "snowball" confusing you guys and gals (it seems, just a little bit :lol: )

Sometimes the Afrikaans names are just superb in sketching the main characteristic of our birds! :wink:
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Re: Snow Ball

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:06 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:27 pm

Saw this bird at Skukuza in May. I looked in Roberts forever but none of them look like him.
African Broadbill - The bird in my pic lacks the mottled chest.
Too small to be any cuckoo.
Maaaybe a Fical Flycatcher, but it's pattern on the back wings lacks the extensive black of the Flycatcher.. and it's posture seemed wrong somehow...
Fiscal Shrike - Bird in the pic lacks the black on the face and was slightly bigger.
Too slim to be a Swamp Boubou.
Black-backed Puffback - Apparent yellow eye as oppose to red, the black on the head looks different and wrong call.
Brubru - Lacks the brown near the wings.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:43 pm

It is a Puffback - the white scapular bar and white edged wings are the most obvious clue. Because of the high contrast in the pic you can't see the bright red eye. The head looks black to me, starting from the eye-level upwards.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jacliz » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:46 pm

Oops, Lizet beat me to it! According to Roberts the female Puffback has an orange-yellow to red eye, which would explain the yellowish eye.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:54 pm

Thanks Lizet and jacliz :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushAddict » Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:49 pm

I think that my bird is also a puffback, like Wild About Cat's. Could anybody please confirm? I took this photo in the Orpen rest camp at KNP at the end of April this year.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:13 pm

Puffback! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby BushAddict » Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:02 am

Thanks for the ID Batmad :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Mgoddard » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:57 am

I thank all those who have responded so far...Great to put names to pictures,. Some might say try ID yourself...but its not that easy! And when you get it wrong, oh my?? I would rather not. :shock:

All these pics were taken during June and July 2009 around Tsendze, Letaba and Shingwedzi

I thought this could be an Ashy Flycatcher

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:01 am

Martie, this is what I think:

2. Black-backed Puffback
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:11 am

My take on your pics is as follows:

2. Black-backed Puffback

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:26 am

2. Black-backed Puffback

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby ross hawkins » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:52 am

2. Black-backed Puffback


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