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 Post subject: Chat, Anteating
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:11 am 
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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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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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Saw them for the first time in KTP this year :D

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Saw my first one with the legendary JvR last month.

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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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Mine too!

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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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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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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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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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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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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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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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Thanks jan! :thumbs_up: Will hopefully take a trip up there soon :D

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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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Really great photo jan46 :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up: (Just mind the dust spots) :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Chat, Anteating
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Taken at Rietvlei NR.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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and 3 more please :D

Kgalagadi south
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Anne-Marie,

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

Lovely photos.

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