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Pytilia: Green-winged

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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:06 pm

That is a stunning little bird WTM, I would love to see one in the park.
Is that the new name for them as my Sinclair Guide calls it a Melba Finch. :?
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 21, 2006 6:15 am

Elsa wrote:That is a stunning little bird WTM, I would love to see one in the park.
Is that the new name for them as my Sinclair Guide calls it a Melba Finch. :?


Yes, used to be Melba Finch. :wink:
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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:59 am

These photos were taken this past weekend (not in national park). It was incredibly hot and the birds were enjoying the garden sprayers…thus the “wet-look”

The male and a female

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat May 02, 2009 12:37 am

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Unread postby Batmad » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:42 pm

I dipped on this little bird when we went to Punda on our most rescent trip :(
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Unread postby AFRICAT » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:39 am

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Unread postby yvo » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:50 am

Hello,
I have some problem with this little bird. I saw it in southern of Kruger in August. I thought that it could be a juvenile Swee Waxbill (Estrilda melanotis), but I am really not sure yet.
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Unread postby Micetta » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:21 pm

The bill looks more like that of a weaver, but to tell the truth, I haven't got any idea which one :wink:

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:42 pm

It's a bit too small for a weaver. My guess would be a Juvenile Green-winged Pytilia ( Melba Finch ). Reddish bill and tail, olive green back and plain grey below.

The bird of last night that DuQues said Drongo and me swallow? I've been told it looks more like a Juvenile Black Cuckooshrike. :D
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Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:19 pm

yvo,

I agree with Guinea Pig - juv. Green-winged Pytilia. The bill is just starting to turn red and there is no barring on the belly...

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Unread postby yvo » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:47 am

Hello,
Thanks a lot for your help Micetta, Guinea Pig and Lizet Grobbelaar !!!
I had not seen on the bird guide, that Juvenile Green-winged Pytilia is "...plain greyish below" without barring ... that's why I've made the mistake :redface:
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Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:50 am

Could anybody please help me on this one? My guess is male Green-winged Pytilia, but the colour of the breast is irritating me a bit (maybe a trick of the light). On the other side I couldn't think of aby other bird :hmz:
I saw the little fellow on the Rabelais Road (S106) in Kriger this May together with some Blue Waxbills.

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Unread postby Caracal » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:13 am

I think you are spot on with your guess flying cheetah. But I am no real pro on pytilias. But I the only other one it could be is the orange-winged pytilia and that birdie the red face patch extends beyond the eye...which does not seem to be the case with your picture. I think the light plays a big role with bird pics...I have pics of green -winged pytilias that look just like yours. :D

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Unread postby Maxwell » Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:53 pm

Flying Cheetah. About the best match for the illustration in my Old Newman's of a Melba Finch that I have seen. The black and white belly bars are the clincher.
Don't worry abut the chest colour. This can vary from Green, through Yellow to Orange depending on location. Again that colour matches my Newman's ilustration better than a shade card in a paint shop. :clap:
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Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:13 pm

Also thank you to Caracal and Maxwell from me :clap: And these also were the first pics that I got of this beautiful bird :dance:
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