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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by ph87gb » Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:38 am

Warbler, Robberg Peninsula, Plettenberg Bay, mid-November

At the time I thought this was Lazy Cisticola but having looked at some of the photos of Neddicky on BirdPics I'm not so sure.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:02 pm

ph87gb,
Neddicky :thumbs_up: The plain back, rufous crown and the darker grey underparts is typical for the once seen along the coast / Cape and no pale supercilium..

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by ph87gb » Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:12 pm

Thanks Lizet.

Don't think much of the illustration in the SASOL guide in that case because it looked very Prinia-like with a longish tail where as the book shows a stocky bird with a short tail!

Still the pictures on BirdPics are very useful.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wingman » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:01 am

Please can you assist me with this one seen at Cintsa nature reserve 20km north of East London in the coastal dunes

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Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:19 pm

wingman wrote:Please can you assist me with this one seen at Cintsa nature reserve 20km north of East London in the coastal dunes

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:thumbs_up: Neddicky,

The fact that the back is unmarked rufous as the wings and not greyish, hint that this is the Coastal race which is a lot more grey underneath. Wailing will have a greyish back and a hint of an eyebrow...

Here is also one of the greyer race taken at Robberg.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wingman » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:58 pm

Many thanks Lizet our neddicky's are much paler without the grey, this was my original thought but was not sure.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by annapangolin » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:53 pm

Hi,

Just spent an awesome day birding in Helderberg, Somerset West and this bird has me stuck! Been through every page of my book and no luck.

It's very sweet and had a fuzzy rufous patch on its head. Also note the very cute pink legs.

I think it's a very common bird because I saw quite a few (only one posed for photos), which makes this more frustrating!

Thanks muchly,

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Unread post by Micetta » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:59 pm

Maybe a neddicky :hmz:

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Unread post by annapangolin » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:02 pm

Thanks, That's what I was just thinking too, but in my bird book it doesn't look like that. It's the closest match though...

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Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:08 pm

Hi Moose,
Perhaps a Cisticola....white ring around the eye?
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Unread post by pantera leo » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:18 pm

I'll also go for Neddicky! :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by francoisd » Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:25 am

Agree on Neddicky
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:24 am

Cisticola fulvicapilla known as the Neddicky (derived from the Afrikaans name for the species), is a resident breeder in most of South Africa excluding the driest parts in the west.

The length of the tail is intermediate; not as short as that of the “short-tailed” species, but shorter than the “long-tailed" cisticolas.

The call of the Neddicky is a monotonous, penetrating, repetitive weep, weep, weep. The alarm call is a loud clicking tictictictic, like a fingernail running across the teeth of a comb.

It builds a ball-shaped nest with a side entrance from dry grass, cobwebs and felted plant down. The nest is placed low in a thorny shrub, or in thick grass. In South Africa, this bird breeds mainly from September to March.

The Neddicky is usually seen alone or in pairs, darting about in a bush or in the grass at the base of a tree as it forages for small insects.

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Unread post by Tilandi » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:37 pm

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