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Identification Help - General Birds

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Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm Unread post
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Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:25 am Unread post
Last weekend in our Joburg garden we saw this parrot.
He looks remarkably like the Brown headed parrot but my bird book does not show the distribution as being here? Anyone else seen them in Gauteng?

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Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:15 am Unread post
It looks like the Senegal Parrot, Poicephalus senegalus, which is endemic to Western Africa. So it must have escaped from captivity.


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Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:06 pm Unread post
Oh wow! There were 4 of them and they were shrieking which I see the Senegal does.


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There used to be several Senagal Parrots in the Broadacres area of Johannesburg. I have a few photos from around 2010, and identification was confirmed by staff at Monte Casino Bird Park. I have not seen them for a while, but have recently heard them flying over my home in the greater Fourways area, so I can confirm that they are still around. In what part of Gauteng are you situated?


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Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:29 pm Unread post
Very interesting. I am in Morningside Manor. So they are around Gauteng then. I think it is them I am hearing at dusk some evenings as it is a bird sound I have never heard before. Hope they don't become a pest like they are in Western Africa.


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Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:13 pm Unread post
Rooies wrote
what worries me is the white edges of the primary feathers.


Those white edges are indication of heavy feather wear, exactly what you can expect of a SF soon after arriving in SA from as far afield as Scandinavia.


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Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:47 am Unread post
Tnx guys, appreciated. :)


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Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:30 pm Unread post
Very poor images, making it not easy. High over Punda Maria. Just missed the interlocking of claws whilst running for nearest camera. Help will be appreciated with these falcons??

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Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:25 am Unread post
Hi Johan

I suspect you have two African Hawk-Eagle's there. Great sighting :thumbs_up:


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Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:25 pm Unread post
Hi DotDan, Tnx for your reply. I did not want to commit myself but having had a look at the broad"sub-terminal" edge on the tail and the edging on the wings I also thought it cld be AHE but really not sure as the images are so poor. :)


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Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:44 am Unread post
Good day Birders

I need some help with a few sightings that I cant ID, but I am sure the Birding forum mites wont have a problem. :clap:

1) Taken at Sondela and I have no clue?

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2) Type of weaver, juvenile maybe?

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3) Taken in Kruger Park. I know its a bad photo, any idea?

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4) Taken at Lake Panic. It looks like a Kiewiet, but I cant ID him?

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5) Taken at Satara camp, while a guide was showing some tourists. All I could hear was "Burned neck" any idea?

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Thanx for the help.





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Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:25 pm Unread post
I can't see all your photos but let me try on the ones I can see:

1. Looks like a Fiscal Flycatcher
2. Right, Southern Masked perhaps.
3. Tawny-flanked Prinia
4. X-bred Senegal Lapwing and White-winged Lapwing most likely.
5. Looks like a Burnt-necked Eremomela.


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Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:15 pm Unread post
wildtuinman wrote
I can't see all your photos but let me try on the ones I can see:

1. Looks like a Fiscal Flycatcher
2. Right, Southern Masked perhaps.
3. Tawny-flanked Prinia
4. X-bred Senegal Lapwing and White-winged Lapwing most likely.
5. Looks like a Burnt-necked Eremomela.


WTM is spot-on with his calls. The x-breed lapwing has been extensively debated...

The general consesus is Blacksmith x White-crowned Lapwing hybrid.


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Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:26 pm Unread post
Thanx Wildtuinman.

You have helped with all but one.

I have read the thread about the x breed, and I find it very interesting.
Does a crossbreed like this get its own name in species?

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