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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by inyanga 1 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:39 am

:offt:
i guess that it would have been a procol harum bird
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:55 am

[quote="arks"] Mine doesn't? Except for my guesses and I'm certainly not sure at all ....
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I agree with Karin Mitton - to be a bulbul it needs to be 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' on the underbelly.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by salamanda » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:29 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:
arks wrote: Mine doesn't? Except for my guesses and I'm certainly not sure at all ....
arks wrote:

I agree with Karin Mitton - to be a bulbul it needs to be 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' on the underbelly.

Sturnus vulgaris is 'As Good As It Gets'



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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:27 am

Karin Mitton wrote:These photos were all taken in Pilansberg (April 2015)

I think this may be a Sabota lark?
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Could this be a Long-tailed Paradise-whydah in transition form?
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These guys have left me confused. There were quite a few more than the 3 in the photo
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Assistance as always will be appreciated!


Ok, back to the issues at hand - I will then go with Sabota lark, Paradise whydah and A.N. Other

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Unread post by addictedToBirds » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:39 am

Karin Mitton wrote:
Karin Mitton wrote:These photos were all taken in Pilansberg (April 2015)

I think this may be a Sabota lark?
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Could this be a Long-tailed Paradise-whydah in transition form?
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These guys have left me confused. There were quite a few more than the 3 in the photo
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Assistance as always will be appreciated!


Ok, back to the issues at hand - I will then go with Sabota lark, Paradise whydah and A.N. Other


Agreed on the Lark, Whydah.

The grey bird in your third pic is one of the seedeaters( will leave you to figure out which). The others look like some non-breeding bishops/widowbirds. Not sure which

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by addictedToBirds » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:43 am

arks wrote:
Johan van Rensburg wrote:So, looking back at the birdies, they all have answers! What's the problem?

Mine doesn't? Except for my guesses and I'm certainly not sure at all ....
arks wrote:
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arks wrote:I know that this is a terrible photo and I haven't a clue what bird it might be -- I'd thought perhaps a bulbul, but it has pale legs. :hmz:

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Seen in the garden at Evita se Perron in December 2015.

I have no idea what this is, but I do not think it is a bulbul - they are dark grey on the back ad wings, and have whit-ish bellies and chests

Hope someone can help!

Thanks, Karin, I also hope that someone can help. :pray: It might also be a Eurpean starling? :hmz:

I think that the bird on the right in your last two pix may be a streaky-headed seedeater?

As for that song, it was written by Pete Seeger in the 1950s (and yes, I am old enough to remember!) and popularised by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s.


This one is tough because is it is from behind but i think common(european) starling is a good bet

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:04 am

Ok, I managed to figure out IDs for the other birds I saw in KZN on Sunday, but this one is still unknown. the tail is not visible, but I am thinking possible a Black Flycatcher?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by addictedToBirds » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:32 am

Karin Mitton wrote:Ok, I managed to figure out IDs for the other birds I saw in KZN on Sunday, but this one is still unknown. the tail is not visible, but I am thinking possible a Black Flycatcher?


Black flycatcher(brown eye) or Square Tailed Drongo (red eye). I cannot get a clear view on the picture but maybe you can on the original

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:39 am

Definitely a Drongo Karin. Where in KZN was it seen?

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:41 am

DotDan wrote:Definitely a Drongo Karin. Where in KZN was it seen?


Yeah, just looked at the pic again and noticed the red eye - should have picked it up. Seen in Amatigulu Nature reserve, North coast

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:44 am

Then there is a good chance that it could be a Square Tailed. But once again, difficult to tell without the key feature..

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:03 am

Tessa G wrote:Sorry I need some help again.
Dave and I spotted this little bird in Mopani Camp and I.D'd it as a Pale Flycatcher, is this correct?

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Looks like a Spotted Flycatcher with that streaky crown.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Tessa G » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:16 am

Thanks Wildtuinman, I have made the change in my notes :thumbs_up:
Both you and BB have agreed, so a Spotted it is. :D Not a lifer, but a lovely sighting never the less.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:39 pm

Many thanks JvR and ATB for confirming Sturnus vulgaris as the most likely option :gflower:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:48 pm

The singing seems to have helped! We should try that again in future!


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