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Identification: Wattled starling

Unread post by charbel » Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:42 am

Hi friends,

Another help about identification: behind the blue wildebeest, there is, in my view, a Wattled starling (Creatophora cinerea).

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I'd like to know if you agree....

Thanks.

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Re: Identification: Wattled starling

Unread post by arks » Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:09 pm

Charbel, two suggestions: First, could you please post your ID questions in the dedicated (sticky)ID threads on this forum rather than starting a new thread for each of your questions? Many of the birding fundis only look at those dedicated ID threads. And second, could you please crop your photo so that the bird can be seen a bit more clearly? It is impossible to tell (for me at least) from such a tiny image :wink:
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Re: Identification: Wattled starling

Unread post by JoelR » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:39 am

This is indeed a Wattled Starling. These birds are often found following large mammals like elephants, buffaloes, wildebeest, impala etc. They feed on insects that are disturbed by the beasts.

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Which bird is this?

Unread post by kjii » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:06 pm

Many of them are sitting in a tree in my garden in Windhoek!
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Re: Which bird is this?

Unread post by davejenny » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:26 pm

Looks like an adult Wattled Starling in non-breeding plumage to me

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:36 pm

I recently spotted this bird in Okaukuejo camp in Etosha. I thought it would be an easy ID for sure. But I just don't find any bird matching it in my birdbook!?!? :doh: So either I'm not looking well enough in my book, or it's one of those birds with variations or something! Please help me out of my frustration. Unfortunately I took the pics in the early morning before sunrise - so not the best light. They were in the camp and eating some of the insects that were lying underneath the streetlamps in the morning. Looks a lot like a thrush... It's about that size as well. :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:07 pm

Wattled Starling female

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by mel123 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:16 pm

Definitely! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:37 pm

Wattled Starling! :slap: Now if only there were some males around - it would have been MUCH easier! Thanks guys! :redface: I should attend Duckling school more often... :doh:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:25 am

Here's another that has me :wall: :wall: Could it possibly be a wattled starling beginning to moult? Seen at WCNP in early December 2012.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by anne-marie » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:18 am

I think you are right arks... with the little yellow point beside the eye :wink:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by MattAxel » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:08 pm

arks yours is definitely a Wattled Starling.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:24 pm

Thanks, MattAxel and anne-marie, for confirming my wattled starling :thumbs_up:
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Re: Starlings, Wattled

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:19 pm

Absolute crazy amount of these birds around the central Kruger this year. Flocks with hundreds of individuals

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:19 pm

A few more than I need some ID help for ...

2. Is this a nonbreeding wattled starling? Seen in my garden in Darling in early December 2014
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