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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by naomi c » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:17 am

Seen on the N14 between Upington and Pofadder (about 70 km from Pofadder) on 25 August.

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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:07 am

Sho Naomi, this is quite an interesting Lark.

The area where you saw it and the prominent large bill, and what seems to look like a black "tear drop" visible tends me to lean towards Sclater's Lark.

Large Billed Lark is also a possibility.

It could very well be a young one still and that might explain the weird coloration all over.

Unfortunately I have never seen a Sclaters Lark, so I am just basing my guess on the reference guides.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:45 pm

Large-billed Lark has a distinct yellow lower mandible.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:03 am

Sclater's Lark could very well be a possibility for the first lark. The underparts seems a bit pale though, but investigate that one a bit further.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by adrianp » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:18 am

To deal with the first one is a lot trickier.

I will give you a hint, and suggest you have a look at the photographs of the larks in http://www.birdpics.co.za this gives a better idea of jiz and colour than the painted images in the books. It also helps to show some of the variability of the larks species.

Sclater's lark has a lot of bold black markings on the face and bill, so that rules it out.

Lets see if you can work it out by elimination?

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:31 am

@ WTM, Yes I agree, it is the only really good match I can think off based on the range in which it was found.

Scouring through the internet, I have come across some photos of Sclater's Lark which do look quite pale underneath, but not quite as pale as this bird.

Once again I have no experience with the Larks in that area, and even Stark's Lark could be a possibility here, as it has very pale underparts. I wouldn't know if Stark's Lark have such large bills though

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by MattAxel » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:55 am

In the very first post I'm pretty sure there are two different species.
The first one perched on the wood looks like a Fawn-coloured Lark.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:25 am

I had the same thought cross my mind Matt.. it also looks like the first photo shows a smaller bill than the other 3 photos

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Unread post by adrianp » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:16 pm

I'm less sure of the first picture.

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Unread post by hilda » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:10 pm

I'm currently busy updating my birdlist using pictures from a while back. I think this is a Lark of some kind, but which one, I really do not know. Kindly assist with the ID of this little bird, seen in the Kgalagadi during February 2015. The first picture has been cropped, because the bird was not very close:

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Thank you in advance!
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Puff Addy » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:01 pm

Fawn-coloured Lark, Hilda. :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by hilda » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:08 pm

Thank you Puff Addy! :dance: :dance:
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