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Bishop: Yellow

Unread postby Neil Crawford » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:18 pm

They seemed quite common around the cape, heres one from
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Unread postby arks » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:30 pm

Very nice pic Neil, but I think it's of a yellowrumped widow :? (the yellow bishop has a yellow crown/head)?
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:39 pm

More "mystery birds" :wink: after this year's RSA visit. These were all seen along Darling Hills Road on 22 August 2009. I'd originally thought that the first two were canaries, but now I'm thinking, because of the short tail, that they are most likely the female yellowrumped widow?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:26 pm

First 2 birds are Bishops, either Golden Bishop, or Southern Red Bishop.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:27 am

RJ, while they might be red bishop (golden does not occur in WC) females, the chest streaking seems a bit heavier, which is why I'd thought yellowrumped widow (there were plenty YRW males in the area). The darker bill would also seem to indicate the widow?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:49 am

Arks, u've the yellow bishop fem right.
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Unread postby arks » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:38 pm

Thanks, JvR (nice to see you popping in :D ), but I'm still confused :? Do you mean yellow(rumped) widow? My book (Newman's) doesn't show a yellow bishop (it shows red, golden, and firecrowned) and the golden bishop doesn't appear to occur in the Western Cape / West Coast.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:59 pm

arks, had a look with a book this time.........Definately Yellow-Mantled Widowbird Female :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:05 pm

Arks, you probably have a pre-namechange version of Newmans. We are talking about Capensis euplectes, the new RobVII name being Yellow bishop; RobVI use to call it "Yellowrumped Widow"...

So excuse me (and especially RJ for his creativeness :twisted: ) for creating all kinds of confusion...
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:34 pm

Thanks for the good laughs, JvR and RJ, and for the confirmations as well. I just can't keep up with all these name changes :roll: but the Latin name is the same :wink: so that's the one, whatever its "common" name may be.
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Unread postby arks » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:56 am

Looking through my Newman's tonight, I've found that there is also a golden or yellowcrowned bishop Euplectes afer as well as what I call the yellowrumped widow Euplectes capensis, so I find the "new" yellow bishop name quite confusing unless they have also renamed the golden bishop — and it also looks like the other bishops, which the yellowrumped widow IMO definitely does not. Of course, all the females ARE very similar. Here's some better pix of another bird that I also think is the female Euplectes capensis?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:07 am

Yup, that one was changed as well... now Yellow-crowned bishop.

And you are still right on the yellow bishop ID :lol:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:19 pm

I know that I'll never keep up with all the name changes :roll: , but many thanks for confirming my IDs. More "mystery birds" to come .... :wink:
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Unread postby CurtisDillon » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:41 am

This picture was taken in Somerset West, in the Westen Cape.

I am thinking this is a Yellow Bishop. It looks different now because it is breading season?
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Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:05 am

CurtisDillon wrote:This picture was taken in Somerset West, in the Westen Cape.

I am thinking this is a Yellow Bishop. It looks different now because it is breading season?
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I would agree that this is a Yellow Bishop
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