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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed May 31, 2017 5:28 pm

#1: young grey-headed sparrow,
#2: spot-on!
#3: I think female white-winged widowbird...
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Unread post by Jesscan1 » Wed May 31, 2017 6:09 pm

Thanks very much Johan. Much appreciated.

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Unread post by WillowDee » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:57 am

Good morning,

Can someone please help with an id of this bird? I saw it in the Pafuri region of the KNP.
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Unread post by isinkwe » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:33 am

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Unread post by m_ya_seen » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:43 am

Hello. May I please have some help identifying this bird? I saw it around Pretoria towards the end of April.

Sorry for the blur. It was just before sunrise.

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:57 am

m_ya_seen wrote:Hello. May I please have some help identifying this bird? I saw it around Pretoria towards the end of April.

Sorry for the blur. It was just before sunrise.

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it is a Cape Glossy Starling.

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Unread post by m_ya_seen » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:33 pm

I considered cape glossy starling, but the dark face markings cover a greater area compared to other cape glossy starling photos that I've seen. Robert's Guide says that it "lacks dark ear coverts" and these dark feathers seem to continue behind the eyes. So I'm confused...

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Unread post by isinkwe » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:46 pm

I agree with Karin Mitton
It is a Cape Glossy Starling
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:12 am

m_ya_seen wrote:I considered cape glossy starling, but the dark face markings cover a greater area compared to other cape glossy starling photos that I've seen. Robert's Guide says that it "lacks dark ear coverts" and these dark feathers seem to continue behind the eyes. So I'm confused...


Unfortunately light lays a big role with these birds - a slight tilt of the head can change the appearance.

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Unread post by hilda » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:12 am

As Karin says, it all depends on how the light falls. In your picture it looks like a dark ear covert, but as soon as it turns its head, you will no longer see those marks. Even the plumage looks green the one moment, and the next moment blue, depending on how the light falls. Definitely a Cape Glossy Starling m_ya_seen. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:32 am

Potential contenders could be:

1. Greater Blue-eared Straling
2. Burchell's Starling
3. Cape Glossy Starling


The tail is too short for Burchell's and the green sheen rules out both Burchell's and Greater Blue-eared Starlings.

Definitely a Cape Glossy Starling.
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Unread post by m_ya_seen » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:04 am

Thanks everyone :)
I still have a lot to learn. These bluish starlings are a confusing bunch.

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Unread post by umtali1 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:00 am

m_ya_seen wrote:Thanks everyone :)
I still have a lot to learn. These bluish starlings are a confusing bunch.

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