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Unread post by DotDan » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:58 pm

The last one is Burchell's Starling :D

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Unread post by Mant » Thu May 10, 2012 9:18 am

This one was taken in Talamati.

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Unread post by Bosnimf » Thu May 10, 2012 11:17 pm

Saw this one at Nsemani dam near Satara. I just love the way the sun reflects on the feathers and you don't always know whether it is blue, green or purple, or all of the above :)

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:19 pm

Hi Everyone

Just returned from a week trip to Kruger. I made it my mission to photograph every bird I see, but still need some help with identify some of them. I did my best to get them on photos, but sorry for some bad quality. These birds were all spotted around Lower Sabie area the second week of january.

Here is my first few birds.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:31 pm

Hey Roaneric, maybe rather than giving the answers directly, a few thoughts on the birds?

The first is obviously a Starling, but which one? Distribution, eye colour and the tail might give the answer?
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Unread post by roaneric » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:06 pm

Albert wrote:Hey Roaneric, maybe rather than giving the answers directly, a few thoughts on the birds?

The first is obviously a Starling, but which one? Distribution and the tail might give the answer?




Hi Albert

Well I'm not good at identifying birds yet, that is why I asked here for the answers. :hmz:

The starling I have no idea. Cant see the difference in the tail, sorry
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:34 pm

roaneric wrote:
Albert wrote:Hey Roaneric, maybe rather than giving the answers directly, a few thoughts on the birds?

The first is obviously a Starling, but which one? Distribution and the tail might give the answer?




Hi Albert

Well I'm not good at identifying birds yet, that is why I asked here for the answers. :hmz:

The starling I have no idea. Cant see the difference in the tail, sorry



Hi Roaneric;
I found it very helpful when I started birding to have those in the know help me along the correct road to the ID rather than just giving the answer:

I think the first bird is Burchell's Starling: My reasoning is as follows: In Kruger we get Greater Blue-eared, Cape Glossy, Burchells, Red-winged and Meves' Starlings This bird has a heavy, rounded tail and a dark eye. That sets it aside from the Cape Glossy and Greater Blue-eared Starlings, while the absence of red wing panels excludes Red-winged. The only other starling with a long tail is the Meves' Starling, but that is only found in the far north of the park.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:53 pm

Thanks Albert :k
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:03 pm

Albert wrote:I think the first bird is Burchell's Starling: My reasoning is as follows: In Kruger we get Greater Blue-eared, Cape Glossy, Burchells, Red-winged and Meves' Starlings This bird has a heavy, rounded tail and a dark eye. That sets it aside from the Cape Glossy and Greater Blue-eared Starlings, while the absence of red wing panels excludes Red-winged. The only other starling with a long tail is the Meves' Starling, but that is only found in the far north of the park.


Both "Long-tailed" Starlings in Kruger have dark eyes, so based on that, one can rule out Cape Glossy and Greater Blue-eared. You are quite correct in stating that Meve's only occur in the far northern reaches. It also has a much longer tail.
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