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Wagtail, Cape

Unread post by arks » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:39 pm

I don't find a topic for this bird, so here's my contribution

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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Tue Oct 31, 2006 4:29 pm

These are the cutest birds ever, very common in Cape Town & they are extremely tame, I see them quite often in supermarkets & they are daily visitors to my dog's food bowl in my upstairs living room. :)

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:35 am

They are very cute... they become very used to humans.

It is the smallest bird that can "walk". Have a look at it. It walks one leg after the other, like us humans. Common(Indian) Mynah is another bird that walks. Most birds "hop" around.
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Unread post by arks » Thu Nov 02, 2006 2:34 am

Thanks for that intriguing info, WTM. I hadn't noticed that or ever read about it either. 8) I love watching wagtails, very cute and energetic. And usually reasonably tame, tho I've never been lucky enough to find one that lets me get really close.
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Unread post by arks » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:58 am

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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:12 pm

Here is another one: also seen at Hadeda hide: at first I thought it is a Cape Wagtail, but now looking at the photo?? :huh:
It has a small supercilium, small chest band, BUT the throat is white with a yellow stain, and the flanks are also yellow???

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:04 pm

Yolandé Oelsen wrote:Here is another one: also seen at Hadeda hide: at first I thought it is a Cape Wagtail, but now looking at the photo?? :huh:
It has a small supercilium, small chest band, BUT the throat is white with a yellow stain, and the flanks are also yellow???

What do you guys think?


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Unread post by Flutterby » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:41 pm

I know these aren't the clearest pics but I need some help please. :pray:

Is this a wagtail of some sort?

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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:49 pm

Flutterby, Cape Wagtail. :D
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Unread post by Crested Val » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:59 pm

I think this might be a wagtail??? but not sure which one?
Sorry it's not a better photo, but he just dipped in our birdbath, and flew off!!!



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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by mel123 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:22 pm

I'm not an expert birder, but I'd say Cape wagtail.
The African Pied wagtail is more black and white, Grey wagtail has a yellow vent, Citrine wagtail has yellow on the head, and the Western Yellow wagtail is more greenish.
The only other option I see is a Mountain wagtail, but that is more white underneath, not greyish, and has bluegrey upperparts. This looks more normal grey.
The breastband makes me think its definitely a wagtail, but lets hear what the experts say! :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by davejenny » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:36 pm

Crested Val - definitely a Cape Wagtail

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Crested Val » Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:09 am

davejenny wrote:Crested Val - definitely a Cape Wagtail

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Thanks Dave.

I was looking at the yellow ribbon dates, and I tink we were in Punda at the same time as you.
We were there Nov 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Sorry we didn't meet!! maybe another time!! :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:01 pm

Having said that, I have tried unsccessfully to work out this chap, shot unfortunately in the gloomy morning at Bontebok park.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:48 am

Can anyone help with my 3 a bit further above.

The best I can come up with is
1. Cape wagtail???
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