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 Post subject: Tit-babbler, Chestnut-vented
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:23 pm 
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Jumbo , KTP seems the place to see them :lol:

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

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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.

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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:

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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].

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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Tit-babbler: Chestnut-vented
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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and 3 more please :D
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KilieKrankie, Kgalagadi

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

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

Lovely photos.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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thank you very much :D
and for the explanations

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 Post subject: Re: Tit-babbler: Chestnut-vented
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Suikerbosrand NR - 18 April 2010

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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KTP has given me some questions of my own.

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

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This one and the previous 2 were taken at Nossob

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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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#6,7,8 Chestnut-vented Titbabbler note the pale eye and rufous vent...


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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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.

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