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Cisticola: Neddicky

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Cisticola: Neddicky

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:48 pm

Piping Cisticola! (Neddicky)

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:dance: See... :dance: I knew your system will kick up a lifer for me! I have some more work to do on the rest of my UIBs, deefstes, but I owe you one already!

The Neddicky shot was taken near Rustenburg during October last year. The combination of plain-backed appearance, distribution and habitat easily narrowed the list down to just this one!
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue May 29, 2007 10:27 pm

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I have agonised over these images for a few days now. When I initially spotted this Cisticola, I thought: “Ha! Easy ID with that distinctive red cap and plain back!” Well, as per normal, this blerrie cisticola had me sweating and swearing. The most frustrating thing for me is the shockingly different (and inadequate) representations one gets from the various field guides and other references. So, back to basics and deefstes’ system of ID by elimination… (1st, make sure it IS a cisticola!)

1. Distribution… this bird was seen near (north of) Rustenburg during the past Saturday (26 May).
2. It is a long-tailed cisticola
3. It is a plain-backed cisticola

[strike]Redfaced, Rattling, Wailing, Levaillant’s, Zitting, Desert, Cloud, Wing-snapping[/strike].
I eventually settled on Lazy cisticola as my ID choice. Confirming this ID was not easy. Not that song would have helped tone-deaf moi, but this bird stayed mute for the duration of the time we observed it hopping about on the trimmed lawns at the entrance gate to the birding venue. It certainly did not cock its tail into the vertical orientation like the Lazy is supposed to do!

Checking out the colouration is where my frustrations started. My bird has a suggestion of a subterminal band in the tail. Newmans shows none such and SASOL says: “no terminal bar…” Roberts VII describes the tail as sometimes showing a faint subterminal bar and faint buff tips.

Anyone with any ideas as to the (in)correctness of my ID?
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Unread post by deefstes » Wed May 30, 2007 9:17 am

JvR, you were definitely on the right track but you probably ust forgot Neddicky (which can be understood) considering that the name does not imply that it's a Cisticola. Not to worry, you won't make that mistake again.

A little hint, in most parts (and certainly in the Rustenburg area), Neddicky is really very common and after a while you should start getting used to them. When you see a red cap and plain back, Neddicky should be the first thought to spring to mind.
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed May 30, 2007 12:45 pm

Everyboby wrote:Neddicky


Aha-a-a! (Damn, I should've spotted it immediately - the jizz shouted "Neddicky")

Thanks, guys. I appreciate the help. I am still working on another Cisticola. When I finally arrive at an ID I will post for your correction as it too will probably be erroneous... :lol:
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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Fri May 09, 2008 11:00 pm

Hi, I make this a Lazy Cisticola, can anyone confirm, it was on the Outeniqua pass between Oudtshoorn and George.
Thanks for any help
/Neil

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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat May 10, 2008 7:35 am

Neil Crawford, your cisticola is a neddicky. The blue-grey underparts, plain back and red cap are all definitive ID features.
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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Sat May 10, 2008 9:51 pm

Oh well, I was afraid it might be, but I thought the long tail and upward pointing tail might qualify for a Cisticola. At least it means we have a decent photo of a Neddicky, which we'd been having trouble finding. Thanks Johan.
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Re: Pictures of Kruger Birds

Unread post by hoyle » Fri May 15, 2009 3:40 pm

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Re: Pictures of Kruger Birds

Unread post by Moegaai » Mon May 18, 2009 11:26 am

Stunning pic Hoyle!

And yes, it is a Neddicky. That clean rufous crown, grey-brown back and grey underparts is typical of what is known as the southern fulvicapillus race (northern / southern boundaries a bit vague).


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