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Shrike, Retz's Helmet-

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Unread post by Johann » Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:09 am

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Re: Shrike, Retz's Helmet-

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:33 pm

I've seen these in Skukuza, Biyamiti Camp, Near Lower Sabie....Aswel as along the Crocodile River(S25)....and In Marloth Park...and in Lake Kariba..Not the most common bird, but not as uncommon as I thought.
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Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:31 pm

I have 2 more :

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no idea :redface: I don't find anything... I'm certainely a little bit blind :? it's seems so easy with these red eyes :redface:

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,

Second bird is a Retz's Helmet-shrike - eye and bill colour and white undertail coverts.

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:
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does somebody know??

Unread post by schliek » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:25 pm

beautiful red bill.
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Unread post by BushFairy » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:36 pm

Hi :D

Retzs Helmetshrike. Great sighting!! :mrgreen:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Barcud » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:35 pm

Hi Shliek,

Bush Fairy is correct with the second one - Ret's Helmet Shrike.

It helps a lot if you could add information on where you saw each bird and the dates seen if possible.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Shrike, Retz's Helmet-

Unread post by Johann » Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:16 pm

This 1st year immature (if I've got the aging right) was part of an extended family we found near the Pafuri border post. There were a few adult birds present and another immature which I believe to be in its 2nd year (showing the red skin around the eyes). The yellow eye of the adult will only appear during the bird's 3rd year.

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Re: Shrike, Retz's Helmet-

Unread post by Lanzerac » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:10 pm

Great you saw them here Johann as they are the only known host of the Thick - billed Cuckoo a bird I have seen more than once in nearby Fever Tree Forest and once in the presence of Retz's Helmet Shrike. This gives me hope that this species of Cuckoo is still there


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