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Swallow, Pearl-breasted

Unread post by Scottm » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:29 am

Can one of the experts confirm this as a pearlbreasted Swallow (planesberg, Feb) or am I totally off track? I did not see any white rump when in flight, typical of a house martin. Any other possibilities?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Maxwell » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:41 am

Well you could consider Grey-rumped but I think you have got it right. Grey-rumped has longer tail streamers that come well past the wing tips although this chap looks immature so they may not have grown yet.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Ladybirder » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:08 pm

Scottm,I also think it might be a Young Pearl-breasted Swallow one can already see some blueish feathers on the back.They are in Pilanesberg.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:02 pm

Hi there Ladybirder..

I agree with your ID :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Ladybirder » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:10 pm

Sorry DotDan for the Dotman, but thanks !

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Swallow, Pearl-breasted

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:48 am

Quite common along the Garden route of South Africa. Sometimes confused with Common House-Martin, but the latter species shows little "white socks" and a white rump.

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Re: Swallow, Pearl-breasted

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:27 pm

:clap: Cute little fella :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:07 am

Puzzling over this one :hmz: Is it perchance a house martin? Seen at Mokala in late October 2012.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:42 am

Looks like a Pearl-breasted Swallow, Arks.

House-Martin has "white socks" on its feet. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Ladybirder » Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:42 pm

Pearl-breasted :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:39 am

Thanks WTM and Ladybirder.

@WTM: I never knew about those 'socks' 8) , but now that I look more closely at the pic in my Newman's, I see the little white feet. Thanks for teaching me something new -- yet again! :thumbs_up:
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:21 pm

Injust need to confirm the following IDs -
(Pilansberg)

Pearl-breasted swallow

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:42 pm

Looking at the swallows again, I am wondering if there isn't the start ofa neck band that would lean towards white throated?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:21 pm

Pearl-breasted Swallow, I think BB.
The P-b Swallow has a small blackish patch that extends from the neck onto either side of the breast; I think that is what is visible in these photographs.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:29 pm

The young White-throated swallow already has a fully formed breast band, even if not as dark as the adult yet.


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