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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:31 pm

sandeep wrote:Sorry, I was struggling to figure out how to post the picture. The pics are now attached as follows

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I cannot see any reason why it would not be a female Diederick Cuckoo

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ladybirder » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:51 am

Sandeep have a look at the female Violet-backed Starling

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby sandeep » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:45 pm

Ladybirder this was almost certainly a cuckoo and my initial take was a juvenile Diederick, but this did not have the bright red bill. It did not have the barred flanks of the female Diederick either. Did not think it was a female Klaas's....... :hmz: but really not sure and hence the request for some more competent advise
The female violet backed starling has a streaked back and head, while this bird did not have that streaking.............

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:45 am

Here's another that has me puzzled -- and that may be impossible to ID from these rather "obscured" pix. I think that it must be a cuckoo, but I'm not at all sure which one ...... :hmz: Seen in my garden in Darling in late December 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:58 am

Another that I'm not 100% sure about, might it be a Layard's tit-babbler? Seen at MZNP in mid-July 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:51 am

arks wrote:Here's another that has me puzzled -- and that may be impossible to ID from these rather "obscured" pix. I think that it must be a cuckoo, but I'm not at all sure which one ...... :hmz: Seen in my garden in Darling in late December 2014.

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Most likely a Red-chested Cuckoo, Arks.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:53 am

arks wrote:Another that I'm not 100% sure about, might it be a Layard's tit-babbler? Seen at MZNP in mid-July 2015.

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Bar-throated Apalis?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:47 pm

Many thanks for your replies and IDs, WTM :gflower: I'd not thought of apalis :redface: and I agree that's what that birdie must be :thumbs_up:

I'm still uncertain about the cuckoo, especially as the redchested would be a new bird for me (I know it's a common bird, but I've not yet seen one). Might it just as easily be a juvenile Klass's? Because I did definitely see one of those in my garden a few days later. Or are there distinct differences between the two that I'm missing? :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:43 am

I think you might be correct, Arks. On closer look, the whitish throat certainly doesn't fit Red-chested.

Klaas's or even Dideric would be way closer to the mark. But I still don't think that there is enough in the photos to make a conclusive id.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:49 pm

Thanks WTM, it will have to remain a "mystery cuckoo" :thumbs_up: :)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:00 pm

Please help with ID - Seen in the Umhlanga area.
By process of elimination I have narrowed this one down to either Wood or Marsh Sandpiper - but I am leaning towards Marsh Sandpiper (They were very far, ad to do some severe cropping)
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Unread postby Karin Mitton » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:04 pm

Also in Umhlanga

This one is confusing - It was seen with a Spectacled weaver and a Cisticola. At first I thought it was an immature Spectacled weaver, but I actually don't think it is a weaver at all?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:27 pm

For you wader, have you considered greenshank?

And for the other, tho it's hard to see detail (is there a dark bar on the throat or is that shadow?), it might be a greenbul?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:25 am

arks wrote:For you wader, have you considered greenshank?

And for the other, tho it's hard to see detail (is there a dark bar on the throat or is that shadow?), it might be a greenbul?


I did consider Greenshank, but these guys have more yellow legs.

For the 2nd I also looked at a greenbul. Still not sure.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:15 am

Karin Mitton wrote:
arks wrote:For you wader, have you considered greenshank?

And for the other, tho it's hard to see detail (is there a dark bar on the throat or is that shadow?), it might be a greenbul?


I did consider Greenshank, but these guys have more yellow legs.

For the 2nd I also looked at a greenbul. Still not sure.


I agree with Common Greenshank on the first photo and I think Sombre Greenbul would be a good guess for the 2nd photo. Where was the second bird seen?
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