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 Post subject: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm 
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Dear Birders,
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Please help with the ID of this Sunbird seen in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park at the end of April.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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My guess would be femaie (or possibly nonbreeding male) malachite, but I'm no expert :whistle: Another (total) guess, upon glancing thru my field guide, is that it might be an olive sunbird?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Malachites do not occur at iSimangaliso.

My best shot is for female scarlet-chested sunbird. The only other similar sunbird with such a long bill, amethyst sb would show a pale eyebrow

Olive sbs have a uniform dull olive colour in all phases

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thx Arks and JvR! :thumbs_up:

I was secretly hoping for Olive Sunbird - still needs that one for my lifelist! :(


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi am clueless with larks & pipits. 2 birds, 2 pics then 3.

Near Darling, Western Cape 3 weeks ago.

Help please.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi BB

Here's a crack at your two birds.

The first two are of an African Pipit - the very prominent facial markings is my main pointer. Pity the bird didn't oblige with a front forward shot.

The remaining three are possibly a Long-billed Pipit - the facial markings are not as defined as African Pipit and then there is a clear buff wash to the bird from chin down to belly and flanks, where as the African would be a white underneath.

Do you have any notes to add in terms of what the bird was doing, tail wagging, etc.?


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks Ross!

The first one was 'chilling', and the other was on the move, possibly looking for food.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I saw this one 18 months ago in a reserve in north eastern Botswana, near the Chobe river.

I thought it was a burnt necked eremomela, but in looking it up as we are creating a file of photographed birds, I saw it was nothing like it. But what is it?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Looks like Long-tailed Paradise Whydah BB :D Then again you may get Broad-tailed PW in that area as well, but the tail does not look broad enough in this case.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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I agree with TrevorC ID, but not with his reasoning. The tail on this bird is still growing and can therefor not serve as diagnostic feature. The back of the neck is nicely shown in one of you pix and the lack of red in that area (straw-coloured instead) is diagnostic of Long-tailed paradise whydah.

Both species occur in that neck-o-the-woods.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks for the ID tip Johan :thumbs_up:
I am heading up there later in the year and hope to pick up a BT Paradise Whydah, so will remember that now :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks Chaps!

On checking my list for the day we were in that area, my LTPW is ticked, so that is that. :thumbs_up:

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Firstly I suspect I have been sitting on 2 lifers for 2 years without knowing. :wall:

No 1 I think is a long billed pipit in Addo. I saw one near Darling earlier this month.

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Then on the same Addo trip I think this is a southern tchagra.

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Down at De Mond (near Agulhas) about 2 months ago.

2 birds of 2 pics each. I am pretty sure the first pair is a sanderling, but the other pair I have no idea.

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Bird 2.

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I picked up 3 other lifers here, Pacific & American golden plover & broad-billed sandpiper.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi BB

Looking at bird 1 I think you have a White-fronted Plover and then bird 2 is also a Plover, but can't quite get an ID there.

The Sanderling has a longer bill with the feathers being greater in coloration with a bit more grey coming around the sides onto the sides of the breast. It is also a little bigger than White-fronted.
The bill for bird 2 is very similar in shape to the White-fronted, but I don't think it is white-front but another species of small plover.

Nice one on Southern Tchagra, I haven't seen one for many years

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