Skip to Content

Starlings, Wattled

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
kjii
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:39 pm

Which bird is this?

Unread post by kjii » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:06 pm

Many of them are sitting in a tree in my garden in Windhoek!
ImageImage

User avatar
davejenny
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 110
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:39 pm
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Re: Which bird is this?

Unread post by davejenny » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:26 pm

Looks like an adult Wattled Starling in non-breeding plumage to me

Dave
Too far from the Kruger.... ahh memories of this trip....
Punda Maria - 3-4/11/2011
Pafuri Tented Camp - 5-6/11/2011
Shingwedzi - 7-8/11/2011
Letaba - 9/11/2011
Olifants - 10/11/2011
Satara - 11/11/2011
Skukuza - 12/11/2011
Berg-en-dal - 13-14/11/2011

User avatar
Bushbuddies
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1324
Joined: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:22 pm
Location: Centurion

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:36 pm

I recently spotted this bird in Okaukuejo camp in Etosha. I thought it would be an easy ID for sure. But I just don't find any bird matching it in my birdbook!?!? :doh: So either I'm not looking well enough in my book, or it's one of those birds with variations or something! Please help me out of my frustration. Unfortunately I took the pics in the early morning before sunrise - so not the best light. They were in the camp and eating some of the insects that were lying underneath the streetlamps in the morning. Looks a lot like a thrush... It's about that size as well. :hmz:

Image

Image
:dance: First South to North KNP trip booked! :dance:
10-11 June 2017 - Lower Sabie
12-14 June 2017 - Talamati
15-17 June 2017 - Olifants
18-20 June 2017 - Mopani
21-22 June 2017 - Punda Maria
22-23 June 2017 - Pafuri Border Camp

User avatar
Lizet Grobbelaar
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 560
Joined: Mon May 04, 2009 3:23 pm
Location: Pretoria

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:07 pm

Wattled Starling female

User avatar
mel123
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 243
Joined: Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:36 pm
Location: North West

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by mel123 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:16 pm

Definitely! :thumbs_up:

User avatar
Bushbuddies
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1324
Joined: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:22 pm
Location: Centurion

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:37 pm

Wattled Starling! :slap: Now if only there were some males around - it would have been MUCH easier! Thanks guys! :redface: I should attend Duckling school more often... :doh:
:dance: First South to North KNP trip booked! :dance:
10-11 June 2017 - Lower Sabie
12-14 June 2017 - Talamati
15-17 June 2017 - Olifants
18-20 June 2017 - Mopani
21-22 June 2017 - Punda Maria
22-23 June 2017 - Pafuri Border Camp

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3604
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:25 am

Here's another that has me :wall: :wall: Could it possibly be a wattled starling beginning to moult? Seen at WCNP in early December 2012.

Image
RSA 2016
4,5 April Melville
6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6469
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by anne-marie » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:18 am

I think you are right arks... with the little yellow point beside the eye :wink:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

back home...

MattAxel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 292
Joined: Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:37 pm
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by MattAxel » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:08 pm

arks yours is definitely a Wattled Starling.

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3604
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:24 pm

Thanks, MattAxel and anne-marie, for confirming my wattled starling :thumbs_up:
RSA 2016
4,5 April Melville
6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

User avatar
DotDan
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2053
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:08 am
Location: Leeu Valley

Re: Starlings, Wattled

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:19 pm

Absolute crazy amount of these birds around the central Kruger this year. Flocks with hundreds of individuals

Image


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by thiefbadger at 20:07:43
orpen
Submitted by Foxy at 09:06:12
satara
Submitted by vacation at 11:14:00
nossob
Submitted by thiefbadger at 20:06:18