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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:27 am

That would be my guess. ;-)

Slim chance of it being an Amethyst, but the eyebrow seems to start above the eye and not the base of the bill, well, that is if you can trust the description of these immature birds, which I don't think is very well described at all.

Amethyst would be much more scarcer in Kruger, described as only likely in south Western camps. I think I got mine in Pretoriuskop.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:36 am

Happy with the Scarlet-chested as I saw no others this trip.
Immature birds are sooooooo difficult!


I have an Amethyst on my list for my May 2015 and Sept 2016 trips - I was in the Skukuza area both times.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:16 am

Karin Mitton wrote:I have an Amethyst on my list for my May 2015 and Sept 2016 trips - I was in the Skukuza area both times.


Ja, good area to get them. I also saw one at Malelane gate last year or so. Berg 'n Dal should also be good.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:28 am

As for Variable Sunbird. I think one would need to get a particularly good photo of it if seen in Kruger to claim it.

Personally I don't think that it has ever really been recorded in Kruger before. It is just too similar to Collared Sunbird. :naughty:

There are certainly no records of it in Kruger during SABAP2 and during SABAP1 people hardly took photos to be certain.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by barryels » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:24 pm

Karin & Wildtuinman,

Just to make the discussion about the ID of the Sunbird a bit more interesting, I did contact Trevor Hardaker and this was his reply:

"It would be rather odd to get a vagrant Variable Sunbird there that is this young – a bird this young would have probably only recently left the nest, so is unlikely to have travelled the distance to get to Pafuri. From what I can make out in these photos, I would lean towards a young Marico Sunbird which would be a resident breeder in the area and would also explain such a young bird in the area.".
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:38 pm

Saw these birds on the Nyala road near Pafuri. I thought they are juv Buffalo weavers, but they don't have red bills?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by jaffles » Tue May 02, 2017 11:46 am

Hi all,

need some help. Seen this bird at sunset damm/Kruger Np in February. Could it be a little stint?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue May 02, 2017 12:05 pm

jaffles wrote:Hi all,

need some help. Seen this bird at sunset damm/Kruger Np in February. Could it be a little stint?

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I would agree.
I also saw a little stint at Sunset dam in early April - my first for the Park.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by jaffles » Tue May 02, 2017 12:12 pm

Thank you Karin, I really appreciate this!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by hilda » Tue May 02, 2017 12:26 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:Saw these birds on the Nyala road near Pafuri. I thought they are juv Buffalo weavers, but they don't have red bills?

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The juvenile Buffalo Weavers do not have red bills Karin. I think that is what these are. :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Tue May 09, 2017 2:56 pm

A bit of help or confirmation needed. Seen in the garden in Vanderbijlpark this morning. Since Thick-billed Weavers have been seen during the drier months before and there was a female around 2 weeks ago when I didn't have my camera at hand, I'm deducing this could be a Juvenile? The back is a uniform chocolate brown btw.

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue May 09, 2017 3:08 pm

Thick-billed weaver for sure

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Unread post by hilda » Tue May 09, 2017 3:13 pm

Stunning picture Guinea Pig! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Tue May 09, 2017 3:19 pm

Thanks for the confirmation Karen. I've never seen a Juvenile before so just wanted to make sure. 8)

Thanks Hilda. 8)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by timoha » Fri May 12, 2017 11:39 am

Anyone knows name for this bird? it's quite common and small but I cannot find the name by myself.
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