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Chat, Anteating

Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:11 am

Anteating Chat
Myrmecocichla

Habits: Solitary, in pairs on in small groups of 6 or more birds. Perches on termite mounds, bushes, fences or telephone wires. Flies with a blur of white wings, hovering, swerving, and dropping to ground or perch. Often raises tail after landing, rarely flicks wings. Forages by hopping or running on ground (in Winter) or by dropping onto prey from perch (in Summer). Calls in flight or on perch.


Food: Insects (Ants taken mosty in Winter), solifugids, millipedes and fruit.
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:38 pm

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Not much difference between the appearance of adult and juvenile birds. Only the yellow gape gives this one away :lol:

Your bird is a female. Males are even darker brown and has a white shoulder patch. The white primary feathers under the wing is white and conspicuously shown when the bird takes off with its wings rapidly beating.

The full scientific name is Myrmecocichla formicivora
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Unread postby katydownunder » Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:51 pm

Saw them for the first time in KTP this year :D

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:33 pm

Saw my first one with the legendary JvR last month.
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Re: Chat, Anteating

Unread postby Batmad » Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:17 pm

Saw my 1st one today at Suikerbosrand NR
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:51 pm

Mine too!
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Re: Chat, Anteating

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:37 pm

That area is very good for them.......and the Free state is full of these brown guys on the fences :lol: The white wing patches giving them away in flight! :D
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Unread postby Batmad » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:09 pm

Jan- You are very lucky to have seen the Male with a distinct shoulder patch! :shock: Saw mine in the form of 2 females :D
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Re: Chat, Anteating

Unread postby jan46 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:16 pm

Hi Batmad - Suggest you make a trip to Rietvlei NR if you stay in the Pretoria area. At the moment there are many Ant-eating Chats present, both male and female.

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Re: Chat, Anteating

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:34 pm

Thanks jan! :thumbs_up: Will hopefully take a trip up there soon :D
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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:57 pm

Really great photo jan46 :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up: (Just mind the dust spots) :wink:
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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:55 pm

Taken at Rietvlei NR.

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Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:32 pm

and 3 more please :D

Kgalagadi south
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:19 pm

Your middle bird is an anteating chat, anne-marie. I'll have to check through my field guide to see if I can figure out your other two :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:20 pm

Hi Anne-Marie,

Second one is Anteating Chat - Large head, speckling on undersides.

Lovely photos.

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