Skip to Content

Stonechat, African

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
Mutorashanga
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 8
Joined: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:23 pm
Location: London

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Mutorashanga » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:58 am

Hi Granjan, this picture is certainly an African Stonechat, and it looks to be a female. As JvR has said that regional variations are important, so in this case the bird is just more greyish than buffy. There looks to be some orange on the flanks.

User avatar
Leeukos
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 795
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:07 am
Location: Under African Sky !!!

Re: Stonechat, African

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:25 am

Image
"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

User avatar
Leeukos
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 795
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:07 am
Location: Under African Sky !!!

Re: Stonechat, African

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:25 am

Image
"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

User avatar
Leeukos
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 795
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:07 am
Location: Under African Sky !!!

Re: Stonechat, African

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:26 am

Image
"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6834
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:01 pm

Having said that, I have tried unsccessfully to work out this chap, shot unfortunately in the gloomy morning at Bontebok park.

Another one.

Image
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

In a world of grey, be RED

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 6834
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:48 am

Can anyone help with my 3 a bit further above.

The best I can come up with is
2. Sickle winged chat?
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

In a world of grey, be RED

User avatar
DotDan
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2100
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:08 am
Location: Leeu Valley

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:21 am

Sorry BB, will try and help

2- Stonechat

User avatar
rarheeder
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:14 pm

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by rarheeder » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:29 pm

Hi all, I have trouble to ID a few birds. The pictures were taken at Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve. May I please post it here for help.

Have a nice weekend.
For our family, time spent in nature = time spent with God.

29 - 30 June Balule KNP
1 - 8 July Shingwedi KNP
9 July Sable Hide KNP

User avatar
huntsman
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 213
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:13 pm
Location: Jo'Burg

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by huntsman » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:47 pm

You betcha... :lol:
A bird in the hand...belongs in the bush!

Canon 7D / Canon 100-400mm 4.6-5.6 IS EF / Canon 28-85mm 2.8 EF

User avatar
rarheeder
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:14 pm

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by rarheeder » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:40 pm

We saw these birds during a visit to Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve in Pretoria. For others these must be common birds but we struggle to ID them. Sorry, not the best pics :cam: .

Could you please help.

1.
Image

3.
Image and from the back Image

4.
Image

THANK YOU!
For our family, time spent in nature = time spent with God.

29 - 30 June Balule KNP
1 - 8 July Shingwedi KNP
9 July Sable Hide KNP

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3776
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:17 pm

Hi rarheeder and Welcome! (I see that you've joined long ago but have rarely posted :wink: )

I'll take a stab at your #3 & 4 birdies, which I think are female African stonechats, while I think your #1 is a male African stonechat.

Let's see what the fundis say!
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
* * *
21 September-21 November Darling

User avatar
gatita
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3298
Joined: Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:48 pm

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by gatita » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:26 pm

seen at GGNP as well. It appeared to be a spotted flycatcher but now I am wondering about the buffy belly and mottled back

Image

User avatar
Johan van Rensburg
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Birder of the Year (2015)
Posts: 2466
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: Jam Street

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:41 am

Habitat and the way that it is sitting help to suggest African stonechat...
725 Latest lifers: Common whitethroat, Swamp boubou, Hartlaub's babbler, Chirping cisticola, Coppery-tailed coucal, Red-billed spurfowl, White-browed coucal, Scharlow's turaco, Copper sunbird, Long-toed lapwing.

User avatar
gatita
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 3298
Joined: Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:48 pm

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by gatita » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:55 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Habitat and the way that it is sitting help to suggest African stonechat...


thank you Johan :gflower:

I should have thought of that as there were quite a few around :redface:

User avatar
Tdgraves
Posts: 143
Joined: Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:04 pm

Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Tdgraves » Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:44 pm

Can anyone help me with this? I have been looking through my books all afternoon and getting nowhere.....taken in Welgevonden in September

Image
KTP: Jan 2015, Sept 2016
KNP Jan 2013, Jan and Sept 2014, Jan 2016, Jan 2017
Madikwe 2011


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by Anonymous at 14:58:20
orpen
Submitted by Anonymous at 20:09:48
satara
Submitted by ANN ANSELL at 11:51:05
nossob
Submitted by Mischief at 05:57:31