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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Ladybirder » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:02 pm

First one Rattling cisticola
second one definitely not Levaillant's, it has more black markings on back.It looks also like a Rattling.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:45 am

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:42 am

Hi Johannes

Cisticola's are really difficult to ID out in the field, even harder on an image alone. Best way to ID them is by call, but I would say this looks like a Rattling Cisticola which is by far the most abundant Cisticola in the KNP and especially around Satara.

Rufous Winged Cisticola, which I haven't even seen yet, is not a very common bird in KNP and the habitat around Satara also doesn't really support them. I don't have a field gudie with me, but from what I can remember they enjoy marshy, wetland area's.

Rattling Cisticola's are very much bushveld birds which thrives in the habitat around Satara.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by pnm » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:03 pm

Hello all

Cisticolas drive me crazy. I got my first ever - the Levaillant's- and ever since then I have managed to ID lots, but got all the IDs wrong! So I am here to ask the fundis to see if my suggestion is reasonable.

I have spent about a week trying all permutations (I don't just put a bird on and just ask for ID - that is no way to learn and anyway defeats the fun of hunting through the books).

I was at Ndumo two weeks ago and got these three photos of the same bird - but like all birds it was not cooperative.

I am going for Rattling Cisticola based based on the fact that it is in the right area (and Levaillant's - my first thought - is just extralimital in Ndumo), has the right coloured head , has the mottled greyish brown back (as noted in Roberts) without the clear rufous wing panel of the Levaillants.

If I am wrong - so be it! If it cannot be ID becaseub the hptos atre too unclear i won't be hurt if you say so.

I like cisticolas; they just drive me cray, that 's all!

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:47 am

I agree with your Rattling Cisticola id. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Ladybirder » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:50 am

:thumbs_up: on both.

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by KobusF » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:24 pm

Hi friends... some help please. Photo was taken June 2013 near Crocodile bridge on the S28.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:14 pm

KobusF wrote:Hi friends... some help please. Photo was taken June 2013 near Crocodile bridge on the S28.


The second bird was photographed at the most challenging angle for cisticola ID, but Rattling is the most probable candidate.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by KobusF » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:59 pm

Thanks for the id on my lbj Johan i am looking for that earier post on diagnostic views of cisticola tails so that i can learn.

Also thanks wildtuinman for your confirmation.
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Unread post by maretam » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:51 am

Hi All

I'm busy sorting through all my pics and identifying those I haven't yet. I have a few I.Ds that needs to be confirmed.
All three seen in Pilanesberg in November.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by MattAxel » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:55 pm

maretam, your second one I would go with Rattling Cisticola.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by hilda » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:36 pm

I am currently busy trying to sort out our birds seen in the Southern parts of Kruger during October 2013. I'll need a lot of help, and will post them here from time to time. Here are a few pictures of the first one (pictures taken from a distance unfortunately), and the closest I can come to an ID, is a Levaillant's Cisticola. Is that even close?

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Unread post by TrevorC » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:02 pm

Hilda based on the area and the habitat my best guess would be Rattling Cisticola - but that is really a guess :D
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Unread post by hilda » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:38 am

Thank you Trevorc! I was concerned about the greyish colour on this bird's nape, and I am sure you are right with Rattling Cisticola! Thank you so much for putting me on the right track! :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:37 am

I would also go with a Levaillant's, the barring on the tail being the tell tale marking.
They look similar to grassbirds, bar the tails.
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