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Wheatear: Capped

Unread post by Candy's Style » Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:54 pm

Capped Wheatear
Oenanthe Pileata

Habitat: Open semidesert, burnt grassland, cultivated fields, eroded or overgrazed veld, stockyards and kraals.
Habits: Usually solitary, sometimes in pairs or family groups.
Flies to ground to catch prey, moving in long hops then flying back to perch. On landing bows exaggeratedly and flicks or swings tail up and down.
Displays by flying up and hovering on fluttering wings, body nearly horizontal, head drawn back and tail cocked, accompanied by song.
Food: Insects

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Wheatear: Capped

Unread post by Obelix » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:37 pm

We spotted this one below about 200 km's north of Cape Town. We initially thought maybe Tractrac Chat, but we also considered Stickled-winged Chat or maybe even just Familiar Chat. But we've seen Familiar Chats before and this one looks quite different, maybe juvenile?
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Unread post by deefstes » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:00 pm

Juvenile Capped Wheatear
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Unread post by Niall » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:51 pm

Consider Juv Capped Wheatear (although the reddish brown appearance on the wings is odd). I would expect Whincat to have a more uniform colouring to its chest.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lionspoon » Thu May 13, 2010 11:00 am

Could you please help me to identify the bird? No, not the ostrich. :lol:
I was aiming at it that's why the little one comes out so blurred. :roll:
Maybe a capped wheatear?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu May 13, 2010 11:12 am

Lionspoon wrote:Maybe a capped wheatear?

I'd agree (though its underside looks a lot darker than the one in my guide)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu May 13, 2010 4:08 pm

Capped Wheatear :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lionspoon » Thu May 13, 2010 7:57 pm

I have the same problem, joshilewis, this bird doesn't look more or less exactly like in my guide. :doh: But I take yours and Rusty Justy's answer as a 'yes'. :lol: Thank you, you two! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Fri May 14, 2010 1:15 am

This bird, seen in KTP on 19 February 2010, looks to me like a Karoo robin, but according to my Newman's, it doesn't occur in KTP? But to me it looks far too dark to be a Kalahari robin :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Fri May 14, 2010 8:50 am

arks, I think the first bird might be a Capped Wheatear?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Fri May 14, 2010 9:53 am

Looks like capped wheatear as well.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Fri May 14, 2010 3:45 pm

Thanks JL and RJ. I'd not thought of capped wheatear, because this bird (at least in the photo, and after (nearly) three months I don't remember the bird itself :redface: ) looks much more overall grey than black cap and russet back. But photos can be misleading. And with this bird, I think that the white "brow" above the bill is the "clincher" for me on this. Here is a frontal shot that makes that clear(er) :)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:30 am

A few more that I'm not quite sure about :hmz: all seen along Darling Hills Road in late December 2012.

3. I think this is an immature chat of some sort, possibly a socklewinged chat?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:29 am

arks wrote:Waiting patiently! :whistle: :wink: :D


Yarwell... these things take time...

The third bird is a juv capped wheatear (yellow base to bill, orange/red edges to wing feathers)
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Re: Wheatear: Capped

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:28 pm

I have been unlucky with getting decent shots of capped wheatears, except for juvenile birds who for some reason seems less weary of me. All those frustrating and fruitless years of trying paid off when I discovered this breeding pair at their burrow, a borrowed excavation that may have beeen a rodent's tunnel.

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Legend has it that the bird's family name came about from a misunderstanding. When asking a Scot for the bird's name he said: "White Arse" and in his broad accent it came to be wheatears... :lol:
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