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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:07 am

Well..... It's a very small pic of the bird, but at a guess I'd say Long tailed Paradise Whydah in transitional plumage?

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

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Re: Widowbird: Long-tailed Widowbird

Unread postby Leeukos » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:42 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 26, 2014 10:48 am

I saw this one 18 months ago in a reserve in north eastern Botswana, near the Chobe river.

I thought it was a burnt necked eremomela, but in looking it up as we are creating a file of photographed birds, I saw it was nothing like it. But what is it?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby TrevorC » Mon May 26, 2014 1:15 pm

Looks like Long-tailed Paradise Whydah BB :D Then again you may get Broad-tailed PW in that area as well, but the tail does not look broad enough in this case.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon May 26, 2014 2:37 pm

I agree with TrevorC ID, but not with his reasoning. The tail on this bird is still growing and can therefor not serve as diagnostic feature. The back of the neck is nicely shown in one of you pix and the lack of red in that area (straw-coloured instead) is diagnostic of Long-tailed paradise whydah.

Both species occur in that neck-o-the-woods.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby TrevorC » Mon May 26, 2014 3:22 pm

Thanks for the ID tip Johan :thumbs_up:
I am heading up there later in the year and hope to pick up a BT Paradise Whydah, so will remember that now :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:31 pm

At first I'd thought that these might be goldenbreasted buntings. I'm now quite sure that they are not, but I haven't a clue what they are. Nothing in my field guide (Roberts) looks at all like these birdies ..... Perhaps they're juveniles of something? :hmz: :wall:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:43 am

Roberts does fail you in regards to showing a decent example of non-breeding, males of the whydahs, in your case: LT Paradise Whydah, arks.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:48 pm

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, Johan! :gflower:
Johan van Rensburg wrote:Roberts does fail you in regards to showing a decent example of non-breeding, males of the whydahs, in your case: LT Paradise Whydah, arks.

Yes Roberts wasn't at all helpful, but now I've also taken a look in my old Newman's, which does have some illustrations for nonbreeding and "transitional" birds.

From what I see in my Newman's, I'm guessing that this must be a "transitional" male LTPW?

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He was a very busy little bird and I watched him -- and took lots of pix, since I'd NO clue what he might be, only that he was "unusual" :lol: -- for quite some time.
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