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Mousebird, Red-Faced

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Mousebird, Red-Faced

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:58 pm

Red-faced Mousebird

Sexes alike.
Red facial patch is diagnostic. In flight the grey rump contrasts slightly with the back and tail which appear to be slightly suffused with green.
Head and breast are pale cinnamon.
The birds usually fly in small parties and have a fast powerful and direct flight action.
Habitat
Thornveld, open broad-leaved woodland, lowland fynbos and suburban gardens.
Call
A clear whistle, 'tsee-tee-tee' the first note being highest in pitch.

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Ex-Ex-Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:39 pm

some more please :D

2. Common Wabxbill ? 19.10 near Punda Maria
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thanks in advance :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by deefstes » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:31 pm

Hi anne-marie,

anne-marie wrote:2. Common Wabxbill ? 19.10 near Punda Maria
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LOL. I can see why you'd think Common Waxbill by just looking at the picture but in the field one wouldn't make that misID. This is a Red-faced Mousebird, a MUCH bigger bird with a MUCH longer tail.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:39 pm

thanks very much Deefstes :D
50 % .... :redface: soon I'll be better... I hope :whistle:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Nkulu » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:06 pm

Not a stiffneck, but would like help with the id of this bird in my garden. Thanks

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by chirinda » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:12 pm

Nkulu, that looks like a red faced mousebird (rooiwangmuisvoel).

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Nkulu » Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:52 pm

Chirinda thanks, would it perhaps be a juvenile as it appeared more grey blue than brown and the beak was red and not black .......... I tried my Newmans but got hopelessly lost :redface:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by huntsman » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:02 am

Nkulu

Certainly a juv Red-Faced. The bill is a crimson colour with only the tip black and of course plumage changes with adolescence. They are quite gregarious and you will seldom find just one in a tree and if you do, he's probably waiting for three or four mates to fly over the route he has just flown. :)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:47 pm

Nkulu, you don't need to be a stiffneck to ask for IDs.

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