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Unread postby katydownunder » Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:30 pm

Wow deefstes what a long and detailed answer . Thank you :D
But now my head is spinning :lol: :wink:
How about this little fellow here ?

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:14 am

Hi, kdu. :roll:

You need to help a little bit more: The where and, if you can remember the habitat, that too. This one may turn out easy to ID as the plain-backed Cisticolas makes up five out of the twenty Cisticolas that one finds in Southern Africa.

At this stage I am pretty sure that it is a Lazy Cisticola. With the extra info you can supply, we can make certain.
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Unread postby katydownunder » Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:10 am

Good morning Johann !

Ok , I will try to remember some more details.
It was the southern part of Kruger this November, must have been from Skukuza further down south.
There was still some fairly high grass left there. Many rocks around and the birds was most of the time hopping around on or stayed in the grass near the ground .
His behavious looked a bit hectic and he often errected the tail into the air.
But I can not remember the call. I just rember that I thought, that it is a really loud call for such a small bird. :redface:

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:53 am

kdu wrote:
he often errected the tail into the air


All of these extra bits of info fits and clinches the ID - you can tic Lazy Cisticola. :thumbs_up: LC commonly holds its long thin tail cocked! Good observations, kdu
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Unread postby deefstes » Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:48 am

katydownunder wrote:How about this little fellow here ?

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I'm sorry to have to be the fly in the ointment here but I do not believe that this is a Lazy Cisticola. In fact, I do not believe that it is a Cisticola at all. The bird in the picture looks like a bog standard Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava). It is a very common habit of theirs to also cock their tails straight up into the air. They're closely related to the Cisticolas though so take heart.

Notice how the bir in the picture has no rufous crown, a thin black bill and a thin long tail. You can even see the white tips on the tail well.

Again, the Tawny-flanked Prinia has a very distinct call and once you know the call you wil be surprised just how common this bird is. They are friggin' everywhere. It takes some practicing to seperate Tawny-flanked Prinia from Black-chested Prinia based on their call but at least in Kruger you needn't worry about Black-chested.

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:14 am

katydownunder wrote:How about this little fellow here ?

Looks like a Tawny-flanked Prinia to me.

EDIT: {Oh, see deefstes already answered that}

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:03 pm

kdu, apologies for a wrong tic. I got so carried away by deefstes' Cisticole ID system that I forgot to do the most elementary thing first! - check that the bird one kicks off with is actually a Cisticola... :roll:

(Good thing it wasn't an ostrich we started off with, hey!) :lol: :twisted:

I'm sure you will forgive me :wink: - I'm not so sure about deefstes though! (he'll be fuming because I stuffed up big time, ploughing with his calf)

@ deefstes - that neddicky ID, please comment if you (dis)agree on that one.
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri May 02, 2008 8:37 am

The Tawny-flanked Prinia, Prinia subflava, is the commonest member of its family. It is typically resident in rank grassland, in gardens, scrub, fields and secondary, degraded habitats throughout sub-Saharan Africa down to the north eastern third of South Africa as far down as the eastern Cape.

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They are noisy and conspicuous, generally found in pairs, sometimes solitary. They often get up close to people.

It feeds on insects and the nectar of some aloes.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 05, 2008 10:33 am

Saw no less than 5 of these in a single bush in Pretoria yesterday afternoon. They were very vocal and I have found that they seem to be more obvious in winter time.

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon May 05, 2008 3:44 pm

Seen at Lake Panic in Feb.

It was busy nesting and at one stage had some anxious moments when female Thickbilled Weavers tried to take over the nest. :wink:


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Unread postby katydownunder » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:59 pm

Once again I need some help :lol:
We saw this little fellow at Sweni Bird Hide in May.
It was quite hard to take a nice pic :roll: as he was hopping around the low level bushes ...

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:02 am

It is a beautiful picture, Katydownunder!

Look at the rufous coloration on the wing there as well as the whitish eye stripe and breast and dusky colored lores. I would say Tawnyflanked Prinia and looking at the bill perhaps go as far as to say that the yellowish coloration points to a young bird as well.

The cocked tail is also a typical behavior of it.
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Unread postby josey » Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:05 pm

Please ID these birds for me:
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Taken at Ratelpan Hide, Kruger park. Between Satara and Olifants.
Taken in august. Bird was in tree near to waters edge.

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Same bird as above

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Taken near Bangu waterhole near Olifants in Kruger park.
Taken in august.
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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:46 pm

Hi Jehoshaphat,

1- Tawny-Flanked Prinia
2-Tawny Flanked Prinia

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:43 pm

Please help me ID this bird. Think its a Reed Warbler? Seen in the reeds at Walter Sisulu.

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