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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Skopsie » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:16 pm

It seems that the fledgling bowled you guys over!! :o

Any possiblilties?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Batmad » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:04 pm

Skopsie wrote:I saw this chick on the road near Mopani two weeks ago. It must be very young, because it could not fly properly.

I have no idea, but would guess Zitting Cisticola. :whistle:

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Unread post by Mgoddard » Fri May 15, 2009 1:19 pm

And another one from me...sorry I really try to ID them myself and have done so with a lot, but these brown ones do not want to play along.

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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Fri May 15, 2009 1:39 pm

Looks like Sabota Lark.......
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Pjw » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:54 pm

Saw this little guy near Letaba on 7 Jan
Is it a Dusky Lark? If not what is it?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Niall » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:00 pm

With that distinct eyestripe, it looks like Sabota Lark to me.

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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:26 pm

I agree
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Pjw » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:45 pm

Thanks Niall & RJ
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Unread post by Tilandi » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:41 pm

Can't make up my mind which lark this is. Taken today North West - grassveld and Acacia Thorn Trees in the area. If someone can help please :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by sterblan » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:16 pm

Tilandi, the bird looks like a Sabota Lark. The clear streaking on the breast and clear white eyebrow seems to dictate that.
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by jnaflwr » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:30 am

I have a few more for ID help:

This one is from Gaborone/Botswana
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Unread post by pantera leo » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:14 am

jnaflwr wrote:I have a few more for ID help:

This one is from Gaborone/Botswana
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The bird looks to me like Sabota Lark.

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Unread post by Tilandi » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:43 pm

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:08 pm

As far as Tilandi's pic goes, and with this I emphasize how difficult pipits can be, looks to me like an African Pipit. The light streaking on the chest and throat with the bold white eyebrow.

A good indication when out in the field and one comes across this type of specie is to look whether it is bouncing its tail like that of a Wagtail would. Pipits are known to do this and it is a good indication that you are busy looking at the pipit species and not a Lark.

Then I would say bring habitat and range into your next question, and you will see that it eliminates quite a lot of the pipit species found in Southern Africa which makes it then easier to look at the closer details such as Eye markings, Streaking, colour, back markings and size.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:17 pm

After looking at this pic again, I am going to correct myself and sommer change my species as well...

In actual fact I think that this might be a Sabota Lark. Look at the black stripe which runs from the bill to the eye then another stripe which instead runs down the cheek to make a half circle. Sabota's are also quite a common species within the KNP.

The african pipit also has a brown with yellow base on the bill where as the Sabota Lark is more brownish grey.

Looking at the back, one can also pick up that it is not as grey and buff as that of the African Pipit.

Hope this helps a bit... you see I got nice and confused with this one :lol: :lol: :lol:
If no one adds any more ID able pointers I will see if I can post something better tonight :thumbs_up:


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