Identification Help - General Birds

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Dear Birders,
Please take note that this topic is regularly “cleaned” by moving the posts of a specific bird that has been positively ID-ed to the specific bird topic for all to use when trying to ID their bird sightings, and also to read all the interesting discussions about the birds while ID-ing them.
Should it be impossible for anybody to give a positive ID for a bird for some reason or another, it will be taken out, because it serves no purpose.
Go to Index to Birds Index to Birds and find the topic of the bird you are looking for.
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I've realised from the Identification topics that many people sometimes find it difficult to understand the terminology used and also sometimes misunderstandings exist about the terms used.

I've collected images for and identification template from various sites a year ago which I thought might be of help. As far as I could determine none of these images are copy righted.

For even more great additional info also visit the ID help section of the SASOL Bird e-Guide. Especially the Glossary of birding terms and the very good Bird Identification template. When using a template such as the one provided on this site it teaches you to look at more than just the obvious colour etc of the bird.

I trust that some of you may find this useful and that it will enable you to follow the lingo.
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Johan van Rensburg, or any of our other bird experts, could you kindly answer Tessa G's question below? :D

Tessa G wrote:

Someone might like to answer this for me....

I have an old Newmans Birds of Kruger National Park and now the Roberts Birds of Kruger National Park and notice how many of the birds names have changed. To this novice, some of the names are so confusing....some Plovers are still Plovers, but others are now Lapwings! Also I saw a photo taken by Johan van Rensburg on his Balule Bash 2014 of a 'Wattled Flycatcher' - in my old book - but notice that it is now called a Black Throated Wattle Eye!!! :wall: Never heard of a Wattle Eye before. Sorry for rambling, but am curious as to why these re-naming, re-classifications have happened.
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Hi Tessa (and Hilda).

The name changes happened in order to comply to international bird name standards.

As far as older books go. Lots have changed since their publications. More bird species were added, distribution maps were updated and even the text were revised. In extreme cases there have been splitting and lumping of species too. So all in all, it is definitely worth the money to buy yourself a latest edition. Or alternatively, you can always ask Father Christmas for one. :D

Alternatively, if you don't want a new book. You can always just familiarize yourself with the latest names here:

http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
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One can always look at the bird apps as well instead of buying a book. The benefit of this of course is that you will always have a handy source in your pocket no matter where you go and you have the calls of the birds as well. Very helpful indeed!
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addictedToBirds wrote:
inyanga30 wrote:Someone needs to invent a photographic book only with male, female, juveniles, chicks, and eggs. Should be quite a small tome!

There is quite a good website which generally covers all phases. It is http://www.birdpics.co.za


I thought I'd share this with all birders. Thank you addictedToBirds! :thumbs_up:
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Hello,

again I need some help to identify a bird.
Seen in April in Krugerpark at Sunset Dam.

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I would say a Wood Sandpiper.
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I thought at first Willow Warbler, but now I am not sure. Please assist.

Near Letaba at the beginning of December.
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This looks like an Icterine Warbler. It has pale lores and white eye ring.
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Thank you RichardJ.
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Icterine Warbler. Very cool
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Hello,

I need some help again.

Are these "African black ducks"?

Seen in April near Mopani in Krugerpark.

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Those look like immature Egyptian Geese.
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Looking at the head and facial markings and speculum (first pic), is it possible to consider a juvenile Comb duck here too?
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