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Re: Sunbird: Marico

Unread postby lee lewis » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:05 pm

I recently read somewhere that the Marico Sunbird relies heavily on the Wild Cotton Bush (Gossypium Herbaceum ssp. Africanum) to line their nests. The article went as far as to say that, without the Wild Cotton, Marico Sunbirds could suffer a decline in numbers: I suppose not enough insulation in the nest to protect the babies = higher than normal nestling mortality?!? I found this fascinating, to say the least!

I have since planted a few seeds and hope to hit potluck with them growing. Although we don't have any Marico Sunbirds here in Amanzimtoti, I'm sure the other sunbirds will also make good use of the "cotton balls" surrounding the little seeds.

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Re: Sunbird: Marico

Unread postby Siobain » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:20 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:04 am

Since I am here, can I ask for a few more?

These were all seen at the Blyde River Canyon resort in September.

2. female Scarlet chested or Marico sunbird?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:58 pm

Hi Darth,

2. From what I can see, I'd opt for Marico, but not sure on this one at all.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby darth bangkok » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:30 am

Barcud,

Many thanks indeed!
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Re: Sunbird: Marico

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:47 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:43 pm

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I took this shot at Letaba Camp entrance on Aug 10 at midday and without real scrutiny filed it as a Marico sunbird. :hmz:

I have been queried on that ID and now I am flabbergasted... :think: That broad red band is the confusing issue! Let's hear what you think, forumites... and please justify your thoughts
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:55 pm

I would go with Marico. Maricos often have a red breast band and not purple as described by some field guides, just check out google images or www.birdpics.co.za and you'll see that the males mostly show bright red breast band. The only other contender here is Shelly's Sunbird which I can't rule out 100%, except they usually show a broader red band.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:15 pm

Thanks for your input, MattAxel. Especially that first example in your link has exactly the same shade of red. I guess that is some detail the fieldguides could pick up on. :lol: At least I can now answer the query with some confidence. Shelley's it is not... my bird's bill is way too long... and then there is the distribution issue!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gregor » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:35 pm

Must be Marico Johan, true the only other look a like is the Shelley, but indeed there hasn't been any recording of a Shelley's ever in South africa according to Seasol.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:16 pm

Johan v R - that "Marico sunbird" of yours. I've been reading & looking up and I wonder why it can't be a Greater Double-collared Sunbird? The only issue I can see might be the distribution and it can always be a first for you!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:42 pm

Bobbi, I can't see JVR's photo, but the belly of a Marico Sunbird is dark and the belly of a Greater Double-collared Sunbird is grey. That should distinguish the two species.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:06 pm

WTM - the photo of the Marico Sunbird is on the previous page but anyhow you're right, Johan's bird has a dark belly and if thats the deciding factor it is indeed a Marico! Thanks for the patience!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:53 pm

Ai Ai JVR.. what is going on here??

Of course it is a Marico man.. :twisted:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:31 am

DotDan wrote:Ai Ai JVR.. what is going on here??

Of course it is a Marico man.. :twisted:


Not sure wat the Ai Ai is about, but Marico man it is of course :lol:
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