Skip to Content

Tit-babbler: Chestnut-vented

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
User avatar
katydownunder
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Tit-babbler, Chestnut-vented

Unread postby katydownunder » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:23 pm

Jumbo , KTP seems the place to see them :lol:

At Bedinkt Waterhole

Image Larger View
The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2014)
Posts: 2621
Awards: Birder of the Year (2014) & Sighting of the Year - Birds (2013)
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:38 am

Chestnut-vented titbabbler (Parisoma subcaeruleum) seen at Kamqua picnic spot (KTP) in July last year.

Image

This species is monogamous, pairing for life, building a cup nest in thick vegetation. The sexes are similar in appearance. Both males and females participate in nest building. Males and females do not differ in the amount of time spent incubating during the day, rearing nestlings and fledglings nor in their ability to warm eggs. In experiments it was found that males consistently maintained eggs at higher temperatures than their female partners, despite the absence of a brood patch, which only the females develop.

It is usually seen alone or in pairs, moving through vegetation as it forages for insects and other small invertebrates.

This titbabbler is widely distributed in South Africa, but I must agree that my best sightings have been at KTP as well.
671 Latest lifer: Black coucal

User avatar
Caracal
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3086
Joined: Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Cape Town-but dreaming of KTP

Unread postby Caracal » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:24 am

The only time I have seen these little chaps was at Bitterpan, KTP in June last year! They were very busy foraging in some low bushes next to me. I managed to get a quick look at them through the bins but then they were off as quickly as they arrived...so no photos :cry:

User avatar
mountainview
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 220
Joined: Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:09 pm

Unread postby mountainview » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:42 am

Saw a pair on our plot in Midrand couple of years back. We did the whole indigenous thing and in a dead fallen acacia in the one corner I saw the pair at very close range [less than 2m].
Latest Lifers: Brown-Backed Honeybird; Violet-Eared Waxbill; Green-Winged Pytilia; and heard often but never seen - Yellow-Fronted Tinkerbird (±2m away in the open)

User avatar
Snoobab
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 411
Joined: Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:28 pm
Location: JHB

Unread postby Snoobab » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:20 am

Not too sure if these birds have a similar migration pattern to Fairy Flycatchers, i.e. inter country (moving to the highveld in winter months). During the summer months in JHB/PTA region I have hardly ever seen them but now with winter approaching they seem to be all over. Zaagkuildrift Rd (North PTA) has them all over the place.

User avatar
Yolandé Oelsen
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 821
Joined: Mon May 19, 2008 11:17 pm
Location: Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp.SA

Re: Tit-babbler: Chestnut-vented

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat May 02, 2009 12:34 am

Image
www.whereeaglesrest.co.za
STIFFNECK
"I'll rise up like the Eagle & I will soar with You because Your Spirit leads me on ~ by the Power of Your Love"

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9553
Award: Forumite of the Year & Travel Tale of the Year, Other Parks (2013)
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

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

and 3 more please :D
Image
KilieKrankie, Kgalagadi

thanks in advance
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

planing KTP janv/fev.2016

User avatar
Barcud
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 590
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:16 pm

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

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

Hi Anne-Marie,

First one is Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler - look at the eye, throat pattern and vent colour.

Lovely photos.

Barcud.

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9553
Award: Forumite of the Year & Travel Tale of the Year, Other Parks (2013)
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:49 pm

thank you very much :D
and for the explanations
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

planing KTP janv/fev.2016

User avatar
Cherries
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 678
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:35 pm
Location: Randburg

Re: Tit-babbler: Chestnut-vented

Unread postby Cherries » Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:54 pm

Suikerbosrand NR - 18 April 2010

Image
Jackie

Croc Bridge - 6 April 2012
Berg en Dal - 7&8 April 2012

User avatar
Rookie
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 304
Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:18 am
Location: Cape Town

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:42 pm

KTP has given me some questions of my own.

These next 2 are the same bird and really have us stumped

Image
Image

This one and the previous 2 were taken at Nossob

Image

I know that this is a long list, but I was very proud of myself for managing to ID the Familiar and Ant-eating Chat, a Marico Flycatcher, a Green Winged Ptyllia, a Violet Cheeked and Black faced Waxbill and a Karoo Scrub Robin, so I am definitely improving.

Appreciate any help you can give me.
KNP - 17 - 20 Oct 2014 (P'kop/ Croc Bridge/ Lower Sabie)
KNP - 8-16 Nov 2014 (Tamboti/ Mopani/ Shipindani/ LS/ Skukuza/ P'kop)
KTP - 26/12 - 2/1/15

User avatar
Lizet Grobbelaar
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 614
Joined: Mon May 04, 2009 3:23 pm
Location: Pretoria

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:45 pm

Rookie,
#6,7,8 Chestnut-vented Titbabbler note the pale eye and rufous vent...

User avatar
Rookie
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 304
Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:18 am
Location: Cape Town

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:01 pm

Wow, Thanks Lizet!

That gives me couple of lifers! :dance: :dance:

The tit babbler gave us a good giggle as that is what I had suggested to my hubby, but we didn't see the white underside as indicated in the Sasol book, so discounted it.

Sometimes it pays to go with your gut feeling (guess)! :twisted:
KNP - 17 - 20 Oct 2014 (P'kop/ Croc Bridge/ Lower Sabie)
KNP - 8-16 Nov 2014 (Tamboti/ Mopani/ Shipindani/ LS/ Skukuza/ P'kop)
KTP - 26/12 - 2/1/15

User avatar
Johann
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 939
Joined: Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:29 am
Location: Stuck in Gauteng

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johann » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:16 pm

Rookie wrote:The tit babbler gave us a good giggle as that is what I had suggested to my hubby, but we didn't see the white underside as indicated in the Sasol book, so discounted it.

The Tit-babbler with the white vent would be the Layard's which is found a bit further south. In KTP we find the Chestnut-vented with the bright chestnut/rufous vent and undertail coverts.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein

Latest lifers from Kruger NP:
Black Coucal Centropus grillii Swartvleiloerie
Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea Laeveldklappertjie

pnm
Posts: 209
Joined: Fri May 30, 2008 2:33 pm
Location: Paarl

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pnm » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:02 pm

I originally posted this on the LBJ thread then thought that it might be the wrong place - it is little but it is white and grey and flecked! I only got this photo of it from the front which hides the vent area which would be diagnostic. I saw this on 22 March at Prince Alfred Road (midway between Laingsburg and Beaufort West) where we overnighted. It was alone, no calling, no wing flicking, simply quietly feeding. I couldn't get to see its rear so my question: Is it a Layard's Tit babbler (622) or A Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler (621)? I see both have the stripy front. There is a clear white eye. So perhaps the only way is from the tail or do the fundis have other tricks up their sleeves to help me out?

I also got a Fairy Flycatcher in the same bush - my first and what a beautiful bird! The Karoo birds are stunning.

Image
Pete


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”