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Robin-Chat, Cape

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Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by arks » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:35 pm

I was surprised that there seems to be no topic for this bird, so here's my contribution :D Seen in my garden in Darling on 1 November 2009.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Scottm » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:24 pm

Taken in the Karoo, December, and probably about the size of a starling, if my memory serves me correctly..... Any ideas?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:30 pm

Cape Robin-Chat :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Scottm » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:32 pm

Thanks Rusty..... We get Cape Robins in our garden here in JHB, and this was VERY different. :doh: The colours were not vibriant at all, and I believe the bird to be a bit bigger than what I recognise in our garden as a Cape Robin (Robin-chat). Also, those here in JHB are secretive birds, never seeming to venture too far from the undergrowth, whereas this one was on the top of the tree, in the open veld. Having said that, there seem to be nothing else in the book I have that comes close to the similarity of the colours, so I guess I'll just have to concede. :redface: I'll try to capture the local Cape Robin-chat (on SLR :cam: , not in a net :naughty: ) and post the two side-by-side later for visual comparison :doh:
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Bird of the Year - 2009: Cape Robin Chat

Unread post by Cherries » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:31 pm

Sasol Bird of the Year for 2009 - Cape Robin Chat

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Certainly one of my favourites to watch in the garden. You also find this bird in a wide variety of habitats and eats insects, spiders, worms, small frogs, lizards and fruit.

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That is just a taste. You can learn to plant indigenous to attract more birds to your garden. Also a bird photography course is being offered.

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Re: Bird of the Year - 2009: Cape Robin Chat

Unread post by Cherries » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:55 pm

Hi Salamanda

In the latest Africa Bird & Birding Mag (Apr/May 09) where I found out about the Birding Fair at the zoo, one individual bird had incorporated 70 different bird calls into his repertoire!! :big_eyes:

So this little fellow is going to keep us all running for a very long time!
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identification bird

Unread post by clemence » Wed May 13, 2009 4:53 pm

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in my garden in november 2008 for few days,
always with a Cape robin Chat behind him, following and chasing him
looked larger than the Cape Robin Chat with him

is it an immature cape robin chat ou immature karoo thrush ?

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Re: identification bird

Unread post by carolynn » Wed May 13, 2009 6:03 pm

Is that a bit of tan under the tail? I think imm Cape Robin chat.
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Re: identification bird

Unread post by clemence » Thu May 14, 2009 9:47 am

all right, under the tail, it is all orange, it's not becoming darker at the end.
So with this it would be a imm Cape Robin-Chat.

But he is larger than the adult ?????
And the bill is not thin ??

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Re: identification bird

Unread post by Moegaai » Sat May 16, 2009 12:48 pm

Hi Clemence,

I see no-one answered this question yet... It is actually very common for an immature bird to be larger the adult of the species. It's simple, it's because they are so well fed! They are already feeding for themselves, while at the same time the parents are also still feeding them. Furthermore they still have a bit of downy feathering at this stage, also giving them a slightly larger appearance.

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Re: identification bird

Unread post by arks » Sat May 16, 2009 3:14 pm

Thanks for that very interesting bit of info, Moegaai 8) So logical, yet I'd never have guessed.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:39 am

My guess on this one goes towards one of the chats but the Winchat definitely doesn't occur in Golden Gate, so I'm a bit stumped.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by JoelR » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:48 am

Cape Robin-chat.

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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:29 pm

This bird is the best-loved garden bird in South Africa... and this is all there is to read/see about it! :shock:

That has to be corrected... watch this space :wink:
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Re: Robin-Chat, Cape

Unread post by JenB » Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:33 pm

Watching this space......... :whistle:
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