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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Niall » Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:13 am

Hi Anja

The male Cuckooshrike is roughly the same size as a Drongo, but there are some quite noticeable differences. The Drongo has a deeply forked tail, with paler brown primary feathers, which can be seen quite clearly when it flies. It also has a reddish eye. The bill shows a more distinct hook on the end than the Cuckooshrike.

The Cuckooshrike has a blueish black sheen to it, seen quite well in the sunlight. They also have a noticeable yellow to orange gape - the tail is not forked.

Pics of the Drongo: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/541.htm
Pics of the Cuckooshrike: http://www.niall.co.za/Species/bird-pages/538.htm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by onewithnature » Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:36 am

Thanks for the top pics, Niall. :clap: That makes it very easy to see the differences. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:45 am

thanks Niall, like already said... nice to see the differences with pictures :D
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Unread post by Anja » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:35 am

Thanks Niall, for your explanation and showing the pictures. It's very clear. :clap:
With every visit to KNP, I get to learn more and more about the birds. This one I never noticed before.

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Cuckooshrike: Black

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue May 29, 2012 8:28 am

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Super Mongoose » Thu May 23, 2013 1:00 pm

Hey Mites, I'm so stuck with this blue bird..... So I'm asking for some help please :pray: :pray:


We spotted this bird at Mooiplaas Picnic spot late afternoon during our March trip to KNP.

He did not still for a second and that's way the not so good pictures.

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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu May 23, 2013 1:50 pm

Black cuckooshrike with partial leucism
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Super Mongoose » Thu May 23, 2013 2:46 pm

Oh WoW, Johan, a BIG Thank You for the ID!

Also very interesting, never knew birds could have partial leucism.

Looking at the bird now I can see the Cuckooshrike shape and the red gape points to the ID aswell, but by myself I never would have known with the yellow spots on top of his head. :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: Cuckooshrike: Black

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:41 pm

Just had one in the bird bath in the front garden and on glancing at it thought, Starling, then did a double take and realised it wasn't, so out with the binocs to have a better look only to finally discover it was a male Black Cuckooshrike, a lifer for me!
Ran for the camera and of course it had disappeared! :slap:
But will be keeping a close eye out for now.
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