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Flycatcher, Marico

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:30 pm

The Marico Flycatcher, Bradornis mariquensis, is a small, plain brown and white flycatcher, common resident of the dryer northern parts of southern Africa. It is often quite conspicuous and perches in open locations such as fences and bare tree limbs. They are bold and sit relaxed, allowing people to get quite close before flying off to another perch not far off.

Its giss on the ground differs dramatically from when perched in a tree or on a fence post. On the ground their habit is much like that of a chat, with tail and body held energetically erect and perky, chat-like wing-flicking. The difference in attitude is so marked that people often mistake the same bird for a different specie based on the change in giss and behaviour!

It mostly preys on earth-bound insects, although the odd flying insect will be taken. This bird does not require to drink as it gets enough moisture from the prey it takes.

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:25 am

WTM - would one find Marico flycatcher at Zaagkuildrift? I saw a flycatcher there and I could swear its Marico?

Birding is hard enough - haven't gotten around to trees and plants yet..... :twisted:
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby JoelR » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:32 am

Yolande, there are plenty of Marico Flycatchers on the Zaagkuildrift road. You'll find them anywhere where 'Kalahari-birds' like Crimson-breasted Shrike and Southern Pied Babbler show up.

And yes, Melodious Lark is on the bird list for Pilanesberg.

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:36 am

Thanks JoelR!! :dance:
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Help Kingfishergirl id her feathered friends

Unread postby Kingfishergirl » Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:41 pm

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Hey all!

The challenge is on. If someone can tell me what the white and brown blurry bird in the front of the pic is (I think is a Martin?) that's great. The pic was taken in Pilanesburg.

The real mystery is the turquoise blue alien just right to the brown and white bird. The bluey alien is in focus. I only noticed this once I tried to identify the Martin. I think the thing in the background is some kind of bird. Am I wrong? Can anyone help? :hmz: :mrgreen:
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Re: Help Kingfishergirl id her feathered friends

Unread postby o-dog » Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:18 pm

Hey
:hmz: My guess would be a Marico Flycatcher?
The blue bit looks like maybe rubbish or piping but if its a bird it can only be a vivid blue Blue Waxbill.

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Unread postby Kingfishergirl » Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:45 am

Thanks! :clap:
I agree with the Marico Flycatcher id, but I think the blue thing in the background may be an alien.
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Unread postby deefstes » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:52 am

I agree with the ID of Marico Flycatcher but that blue thing in the background looks like South Africa's national flower.
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Unread postby Imax » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:52 pm

Anyone want a go at this one - taken in Mombo camp okavango by a friend - Dick Volz

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Unread postby Imax » Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:46 pm

I see the enthusiasm on this one is boiling over :?

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:19 pm

:lol:

looks like a flycatcher............But :hmz:
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Unread postby JoelR » Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:27 am

Imax wrote:I see the enthusiasm on this one is boiling over :?

Judging by how white the underparts are, I would go for Marico Flycatcher.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JOL » Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:56 pm

Imax wrote:I see the enthusiasm on this one is boiling over :?

Hi Imax ,

I’m not sure it’s lack of enthusiasm , but maybe rather a matter of people not knowing what this bird is…!


JoelR wrote:Judging by how white the underparts are, I would go for Marico Flycatcher.

I’m puzzled myself , and looking in the field guides I was even a bit sceptical of Joel’s suggestion. However , after having searched the internet for photos of marico flycatcher , I now think I agree. There seems to be quite some regional and/or individual variation to this drab little bird.

The two areas that made me sceptical initially were the very obvious black lores and whitish edgeing to the alula ad wing coverts. I haven’t found any pictures with such prominent dark lores as on this one , but some come close. Surprisingly some don’t seem to have them at all , and then there are the ones in between. The same can be said about the pale/white edges , and the very big variation in these two areas can make extreme individuals look surprisingly different from each other. Every other character seems to fit with marico flycatcher , so that might well be what it is.

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Re: Flycatcher, Marico

Unread postby arks » Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:42 am

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Idenfitication Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:39 pm

could you please ID some birds :D
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