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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:40 am

Southern Masked Weaver (Dark Eye)

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Unread postby Johan N » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:31 pm

I need some assistance with the following ID's please :

Spotted in Eastern Pretoria - a Yellow Canary?
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Spotted in Eastern Pretoria (the following 2 pic's are from the same bird) - my guess would be Brimstone Canary?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:48 am

Hi Johan

The last three all look like Southern Masked Weavers. Female, then either juvenile male or male in transitional plumage.

Canaries are smaller, with a shorter, more conical bill.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Anja » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:17 pm

I saw this bird at Matjulu waterhole (Berg en Dal) on 23-8-2010
I was thinking of a female weaver, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:56 pm

@Anja-Don't you think it is rather a canary? The pale bill and the malar stripe ?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Anja » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:14 pm

@Micetta: That crossed my mind, but I thought the breast is too pale for a canary. As for the malar stripe, you could indeed be right.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan N » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:34 pm

I am not an expert but would go with female Southern Masked-Weaver.

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Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby RobNZ » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:39 pm

Hi there, I was wondering what this bird is called?
I have no idea as im from New Zealand hehe. :)

Thanks a bunch :)

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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby michel367 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:42 pm

Hi Rob,

The bird is a Southern Masked Weaver and that little guy is a Meerkat. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:59 pm

michel367 wrote:Hi Rob,

The bird is a Southern Masked Weaver and that little guy is a Meerkat. :thumbs_up:

Michel, I believe that the small critter is actually a yellow mongoose?

@RobNZ: It would help if you could tell us where you saw both the bird and the critter?
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Re: Yellow bird... not sure?

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:15 pm

LMAO @ Meerkat :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yeah Arks, its a Yellow Mongoose

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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby arks » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:19 am

This cheeky male southern masked weaver visited me on my stoep at Karoo NP in September 2011.

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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby mel123 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:36 pm

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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby arks » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:09 pm

Lovely pix of the nest builder, mel, I especially like the second one — looks like a leafy trapeze! Where were these taken? (And do you know what sort of tree with those berries?)
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Re: Weaver: Southern Masked-

Unread postby mel123 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:34 pm

Hi arks, they were taken in my garden in Potchefstroom. Unfortunately I don't know the sort of tree. I'm not that clued up with trees. :redface: Sorry. It is a big tree, with leaves that remind me of 'Karee' trees, which I grew up with. But I don't think it is a Karee tree.
It is at this stage alive with birds, including bulbuls, thrushes, mousebirds etc, all eating the berries. I love watching the goings on.
I took the trapeze photo in the morning, and that afternoon the nest was almost finished. So fast.
The first photo is of a finished nest of the same nest builder. The female has already laid eggs there I think.
The nest maker had a huge standoff with the crested barbet the other day, who came snooping around but had to leave, tail between the legs, so to speak, after the weaver made it known that he was not welcome at all. :D


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