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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Niall » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:01 pm

I'd be interested to hear what people think of this bird's ID:

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Seen in Mkhuze.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:53 pm

Interesting pix... My first impression is that it is a young bird, black cuckooshrike. Apart from that I'll need to do lots of research to back up what my gut-feel is...

I'm keen to seen what other opinions come up
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Unread post by deefstes » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:40 pm

@Niall:
I'm not quite sure what to make of the first one. My first thoughts were Bushveld Pipit but those were just fleeting thoughts :wink: , I think JvR might be closer to the truth.
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Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:31 pm

I have 2 more :
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a robin ? a Trush ? around Shingwedzi 24.10.09

thanks a lot :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Barcud » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:52 pm

Hi Anne-Marie,

First bird is a female Black Cuckooshrike - green & yellow markings on upperparts and barred underparts.

Great birds to see, both would be lifers for me, I'm very jealous!

Have a good weekend,

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Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:25 pm

thanks a lot Barcud, for me too... lifers :dance:
a snowy week end ?
you too :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Charming1 » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:26 pm

This is a female black cuckooshrike taken in my garden

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Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:59 pm

I’m quite sure this is a Black Cuckooshrike…seen it this past weekend at our home in Marloth. What I’m a bit puzzled about is the lack of the white eyebrow. All my sources say the juvenile resembles the female…but can it be that the juvenile does not have such a distinctive white line above the eye?

Horrible photo, I know…all I was able to get :wall:

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Unread post by wingman » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:43 pm

:thumbs_up: Jumbo a female or juv, hard to tell, the eyebrow is not always that distinctive and probably why it is not mentioned as a id feature, the majority of this birds eyebrow is behind the branch in any case so not visible. on pg54 is pics of one posted by charming1 also without a strong eyebrow.
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Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:51 pm

Thanks a lot, Wingman 8) …I also now had a look at a couple of other photos and realized that mostly the white above the eye is not nearly as distinctive as the sketch in Roberts, for example, shows

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Batmad » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:47 am

Jumbo- An almost dead giveaway to telling you that this is a Female Black Cuckooshrike is the yellow on the wings. 8)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Anja » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:54 pm

I saw this bird on the s30 (Salitje road) in KNP on 18-8-2010.
I think this is a female Black Cuckooshrike. Am I right?

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:12 pm

Spot on Anja!

I have never seen the male :cry:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Anja » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:38 pm

Thanks! BB. :thumbs_up:
This bird was all alone, no male around.
I wonder if I would recognize the male, he looks like a Drongo.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:51 pm

Oops, maybe I HAVE seen him :redface:

I am learning not to assume, but check. The Burchell's coucal just might NOT be a Burchell's etc....
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