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BIRD ID Help

Unread post by Suej » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:30 am

Can someone please ID this bird for me?

Seen on May 14th at Grootkolk in the Kgalagadi TP.

Appears to be a Yellow Weaver, but it should not be...... ??


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Thanks in advance anyone.
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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:49 am

Hu Suej, with the red eye, I can only go with female Southern Masked Weaver. Yellow Weaver would be far out of range.
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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread post by Suej » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:03 am

wildtuinman wrote:Hu Suej, with the red eye, I can only go with female Southern Masked Weaver. Yellow Weaver would be far out of range.


Many thanks wildtuinman! I can see it now, especially the red eye. I knew the SMW was out of range but then again, as is often said: "birds don't read books"! :lol:
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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:19 am

No prob, Sue.

The Yellow Weaver's habitat is much more different from what you would expect to find in the Kgalagadi. It prefers coastal plains and riverine areas.

http://sabap2.adu.org.za/spp_summary.ph ... &section=1

Here is a photo of a male taken in Umhlanga on the KZN North Coast.

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Re: BIRD ID Help

Unread post by Suej » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:26 am

Thanks again wildtuinman - lovely pic of your weaver.

I don't know why I even suggested Yellow Weaver, as on my own blog I had the bird already listed as a Southern-Masked ! It must be something to do with age :roll: :doh:

Anyway many thanks for your help.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:47 am

6. Maybe Southern masked weavers?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:03 pm

6. Joh is correct. The only other it could have been is the Cape weaver, but there is no hint of eye stripe.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:30 am

Spotted in Golden Gate NP (Basotho Cultural Village, April 3, 2014).

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Moved off as soon as I tried to change my position to see more of the little fellow...
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by ross hawkins » Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:07 pm

Possibly a male Southern Masked-Weaver in non-breeding plumage

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:29 pm

I think you are 100% correct! Thanks!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:25 pm

I can't see all your photos but let me try on the ones I can see:

2. Right, Southern Masked perhaps.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:15 pm

wildtuinman wrote:I can't see all your photos but let me try on the ones I can see:

2. Right, Southern Masked perhaps.


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:50 am

Another that I'm not 100% sure about. I think it's a nonbreeding southern masked weaver? Seen at MZNP in mid-July 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Imax » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:29 pm

Thats right Arks. The range and the red eye are the key features.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:54 pm

Many thanks for confirming, Imax! :gflower:
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