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 Post subject: Stonechat, African
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 8:40 pm 
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Please help ID this bird, photographed at West Coast NP

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It looks like a stonechat although the throat seems a little bit too white. I say African Stonechat.

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Looks like too much white below the throat for a Stonechat male unless the bird is looking AWAY from the camera (can't really see) which means the white is its shoulder patch.

I'd go with a Stonechat male. Right locality, right perching place.


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I agree, thats why I also said too much white. But the bird is a bit far away and the angle of the head like you said is not 100% recognisable.

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In the second picture, but not the first, he is sitting in a typical Stonechat pose.


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It could also be a cape batis. The photo is not to clear unfortunately.

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Cape Batis are seldom seen out of trees.


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wildtuinman wrote:
It could also be a cape batis. The photo is not to clear unfortunately.


I can't make out any russet colour on the back so I rule out cape batis. I will stick with my first guess which is African Stonechat.

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Definitely not Cape Batis environment. Also, Cape Batis has a distinct grey cap.


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j-ms wrote:
Looks like too much white below the throat for a Stonechat male unless the bird is looking AWAY from the camera (can't really see) which means the white is its shoulder patch.

I'd go with a Stonechat male. Right locality, right perching place.


I agree with you and WTM on this on.
As you said right locality, Typical perching on a stick, the tail etc.
I'm sure it's just the angle of the pic that the white shoulder patch seems infront. Sure the head is just turned a bit.

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Have to agree, African Stonechat. Right habit and habitat.


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 Post subject: Stonechat, African
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This one I saw on the s29
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Who can help me with the id?


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female stonechat


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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:32 pm 
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Could you please help me with this guy... Seen in the Pretoria area in Gauteng...

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