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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:11 pm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:33 pm

I'm not 100% sure about this bird, see along the Olifantsbos road in Cape Point in late September 2016. Is it a spotted flycatcher?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:27 pm

Anyone??? :pray:
arks wrote:I'm not 100% sure about this bird, see along the Olifantsbos road in Cape Point in late September 2016. Is it a spotted flycatcher?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:38 pm

Possibly a Juvenile Stonechat

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:16 pm

DotDan wrote:Possibly a Juvenile Stonechat


:hmz: Thanks DD ... always difficult to try to ID from photos, especially several months afterwards :whistle:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:19 pm

Hi Everyone

Just returned from a week trip to Kruger. I made it my mission to photograph every bird I see, but still need some help with identify some of them. I did my best to get them on photos, but sorry for some bad quality. These birds were all spotted around Lower Sabie area the second week of january.

Here is my first few birds.
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Lesser striped swallow???
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Are these to cape vultures or white backed vultures???
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Is this the marico or purple banded sunbird???
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:31 pm

Hey Roaneric, maybe rather than giving the answers directly, a few thoughts on the birds?

The first is obviously a Starling, but which one? Distribution, eye colour and the tail might give the answer?

The second is indeed a Lesser Striped Swallow

The third has a Bul-bul like white eyering, but it is green.... :lol:

The 4th and 5th photos show a brownish bird that is clearly a seedeater (look at the bill), maybe a hint of white on the wing panels?

The vultures: there is a good discussion published on this forum (http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20369) on the differences between the Cape and White-backed Vultures.

The sunbird: the Purple-banded is not commonly found in Kruger....and the Marico has a longer bill...
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:06 pm

Albert wrote:Hey Roaneric, maybe rather than giving the answers directly, a few thoughts on the birds?

The first is obviously a Starling, but which one? Distribution and the tail might give the answer?

The second is indeed a lesser striped swallow

The third has a Bul-bul like white eyering, but it is green.... :lol:

The 4th and 5th photos show a brownish bird that is clearly a seedeater (look at the bill), maybe a hint of white on the wing panels?

The vultures: there is a good discussion published on this forum (http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20369) on the differences between the Cape and White-backed Vultures.

The sunbird: the purple-banded is not found that often in Kruger....



Hi Albert

Well I'm not good at identifying birds yet, that is why I asked here for the answers. :hmz:

The starling I have no idea. Cant see the difference in the tail, sorry

Thanks for the second photo

The third, is it a sombre greenbul?

The 4th and 5th still no idea
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:34 pm

roaneric wrote:
Albert wrote:Hey Roaneric, maybe rather than giving the answers directly, a few thoughts on the birds?

The first is obviously a Starling, but which one? Distribution and the tail might give the answer?

The second is indeed a lesser striped swallow

The third has a Bul-bul like white eyering, but it is green.... :lol:

The 4th and 5th photos show a brownish bird that is clearly a seedeater (look at the bill), maybe a hint of white on the wing panels?

The vultures: there is a good discussion published on this forum (http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20369) on the differences between the Cape and White-backed Vultures.

The sunbird: the purple-banded is not found that often in Kruger....



Hi Albert

Well I'm not good at identifying birds yet, that is why I asked here for the answers. :hmz:

The starling I have no idea. Cant see the difference in the tail, sorry

Thanks for the second photo

The third, is it a sombre greenbul?

The 4th and 5th still no idea


Hi Roaneric;
I found it very helpful when I started birding to have those in the know help me along the correct road to the ID rather than just giving the answer:

I think the first bird is Burchell's Starling: My reasoning is as follows: In Kruger we get Greater Blue-eared, Cape Glossy, Burchells, Red-winged and Meves' Starlings This bird has a heavy, rounded tail and a dark eye. That sets it aside from the Cape Glossy and Greater Blue-eared Starlings, while the absence of red wing panels excludes Red-winged. The only other starling with a long tail is the Meves' Starling, but that is only found in the far north of the park.

Sombre Greenbul is correct!

Photos 4 and 5: have a look at the Sparrows..... :whistle:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:42 pm

Hi Albert

Thanks, the sparrow... I still don't know. In my bird book the only one that comes close to that one is the northern grey headed sparrow but that doesn't look likely.

The vultures, well will look into that, but its still difficult for me to see the difference.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Albert » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:46 pm

roaneric wrote:Hi Albert

Thanks, the sparrow... I still don't know. In my bird book the only one that comes close to that one is the northern grey headed sparrow but that doesn't look likely.

The vultures, well will look into that, but its still difficult for me to see the difference.


I think Southern Grey-headed (out of range for the Northern)

And those are White-headed Vultures as far as I can see (but the discussion is an excellent resource!)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:53 pm

Thanks Albert :k
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