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Unread post by Heksie » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:12 pm

Hi,

I would like some help with the ID of this sunbird please. I believe that this could be a juvenile scarlet chested sunbird but I'm not sure.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:04 pm

I agree with you Heksie, where was this taken though?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:50 pm

Hi Heksie. :gflower:

I'm no Birder (wish i was)...As far as I can make out, the Scarlet Chested Sunbird or juvenile are "red" chested. To me it look more like a Juvenile Marico Sunbird. :redface: Might be wrong. :think:
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Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:21 pm

Philip1 wrote:I'm no Birder (wish i was)...As far as I can make out, the Scarlet Chested Sunbird or juvenile are "red" chested. To me it look more like a Juvenile Marico Sunbird. Might be wrong.


Neither am I Philip1, but the red chest applies to the male Scarlet-chested Sunbird - juvenile and adults, whilst the female has a dark chest, again female adult and juvenile. The male juvenile Marico Sunbird has a clear eyebrow, which I cannot see on this little bird. On the other hand, maybe one just cannot see it on this picture. I'm waiting for one of the experts to make a call on this birdie! :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Ladybirder » Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:17 pm

I would also go for a Marico Sunbird Juvenile. The underparts are Yellowish :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:45 am

Wow, I learned a lot here. After looking at countless photos I realized how poorly these immatures are described. It could very well be a Marico Sunbird!

I am also looking forward to see what the experts have to say about this one.
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Unread post by Heksie » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:29 am

wildtuinman wrote:I agree with you Heksie, where was this taken though?


This was taken in January this year at Lubye Lubye bridge in Kruger National Park. Hope this narrows it down.
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:54 am

wildtuinman wrote:I agree with you Heksie, where was this taken though?


The KNP location certainly brings Marico sunbird into play, Heksie.

Ladybirder wrote:I would also go for a Marico Sunbird Juvenile. The underparts are Yellowish :hmz:


Ladybirder would be seeing these young'uns at her local patch often enough to know it well. I took that as a pointer and, similarly to WTM's search for and scrutiny of countless pix, I agree with him that the Marico sunbird call is a good one.

Knowing what the adult male looks like, and seeing the juvenile image, I think a series showing transition into adulthood would be fascinating!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by hilda » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:18 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Knowing what the adult male looks like, and seeing the juvenile image, I think a series showing transition into adulthood would be fascinating!


It certainly would be fascinating Johan, but I suppose it is easier said than done? :hmz:

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Ladybirder would be seeing these young'uns at her local patch often enough to know it well.


I suppose Ladybirder would be able to spoil us with a series of pictures to show the transition into adulthood? :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Ladybirder » Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:23 pm

Sorry but I don't have any pictures of the transisional stages.My camara is not there when you need it most :doh:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:15 am

hilda wrote: I suppose Ladybirder would be able to spoil us with a series of pictures to show the transition into adulthood?


Do not "suppose" so much, hilda. For such a project one would have to set up as if it was a research venture. The transition will take place over a period of three or four months…
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