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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by JoelR » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:56 am

Is the bird in these two pics the same as under the 'help' link, DB? As WTM says, the bird in these pics is missing the dark blue ear coverts - so this must be a Cape Glossy Starling. The bird under the link (in the other thread) does seem to have the ear coverts and would be a Greater Blue-eared Starling, as MWD suggests... :?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Snoobab » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:46 am

Agree with WTM - Cape Glossy Starling

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Unread post by Batmad » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:35 pm

can somebody please help with this ID :pray:

I think it is a glossy starling? :?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bahamut » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:59 pm

Hehe Batmad, no problem.

Starlings usually trip me up badly but I'll take a guess after playing with them in photoshop, just to test myself. :D

1st photo - Cape Glossy Starling.

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Unread post by Batmad » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:28 pm

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Taken in Kruger :D
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Unread post by Olli » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:06 pm

Picture taken last September in Nossob.

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Unread post by jacliz » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:59 am

Here's another one that's puzzling me. Taken at Shingwedzi.
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Unread post by Batmad » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:13 am

That is an Imm Starling, Possibly glossy starling.
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Unread post by deefstes » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:53 am

Yeah it definitely is a juv Glossy Starling but I have no idea whether it is Cape Glossy or Greater Blue-eared. I'm not even sure if they can be separated.
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Unread post by Batmad » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:57 am

Latly i have been getting my ID's right :shock:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by jacliz » Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:28 pm

Thanks Batmad and deefstes but in that case, according to the books, it should have straw-coloured eyes? No possibility of Black-bellied Starling? Wrong locality I suppose.
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Unread post by Batmad » Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:32 pm

No...it is definatly not a black bellied starling. Black bellied starlings are not found in Kruger.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Moegaai » Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:11 pm

jacliz wrote:Thanks Batmad and deefstes but in that case, according to the books, it should have straw-coloured eyes? No possibility of Black-bellied Starling? Wrong locality I suppose.


Jacliz, the Black-bellied is a coastal forest species, hence you won't find it there. It is between juv/imm Cap and juv/imm Greater Blue-eared. As Deefstes said, it's probably not possible to distinguish these two in juv stage, especially as light plays a major role in how these glossy Starlings appear... But imm Greater Blue-eared is described as "dull brownish black" whereas Cape Glossy is described as "similar to adult, but duller". So I'm going to take a stab and call it a juv Cape Glossy Starling.

BTW, the eye will be dark in the juv, not straw-coloured. It only changes colour as a sub-adult.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by jacliz » Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:55 pm

Juv. Cape Glossy it is then. Thanks Moegaai. Wow, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started photographing birds! :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johann » Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:04 pm

Batmad wrote:No...it is definatly not a black bellied starling. Black bellied starlings are not found in Kruger.


Not entirely true BM. There have been reports from the far south of Kruger. I think there are actually some forumites with pics if I remember correctly.

According to Newman's Birds of Kruger there had been quite a few reports, especially from the towns of Malelane and Komatipoort. Stands to reason that they could also be found north of the Crocodile river then.
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