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Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by arks » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:17 pm

I don't see a topic for this bird, so here's one that I saw at Karoo NP on 12 September 2011.

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Re: Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:42 am

Nicely done, arks. I still need a photo of these beauties.
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Re: Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by arks » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:08 pm

Thanks, WTM. It was a lifer for me and nice to see them (there were two) so close to. Seeing you on the forum again is another nice sighting! :thumbs_up: :tongue:
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Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:28 pm

The Karoo korhaan (Eupodotis vigorsii) is endemic to southern Africa, with the largest numbers found in the shrubland of the Nama Karoo. The bird’s range extends from the Fish River in the Eastern Cape, the western Free State, through the Karoo to the southern half of Namibia. To the south it also occurs in cultivated fields on the Agulhas Plain which is where I saw my first one at a distance through a spotting scope... no good for a photograph!

The Karoo korhaan is regarded as robust as they remain in their arid, elected territory, irrespective of rainfall. They are territorial, spending their whole lives in their chosen area, in dry flat open country, rocky with sparse, low bushes.

The korhaan mainly eats invertebrates, reptiles and plant matter, doing most of its foraging by walking along the ground while plucking up food items. They are rarely seen at watering points and it is suggested that they get all the moisture they need from their diet.

They are monogamous, often breeding in family groups with a breeding pair and other helpers, who help to defend the territory. Their nest is a shallow scrape in the ground, usually among scattered shrubs and rocks. The egg-laying season is from June-February, peaking from December-January when it lays a single egg, that is incubated solely by the female, who sometimes temporarily leaves the nest to go foraging with the male. The chicks leave the nest soon after hatching.

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I was fortunate with this sighting of a pair in the Karoo NP, surprising them next to the road. For some unknown reason they remained put, allowing me some close-up shots.

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They are cryptically coloured, making them quite easy to miss in the dry areas they prefer.
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Re: Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by arks » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:10 am

Hi JvR:

I started a Karoo korhaan thread last November, but it appears that it (as well as others that I started) have never been added to the index? :whistle:
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Re: Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:42 am

I searched for this bloody thing high and low throughout the Karoo in January. :evil:

Great shots Johan :wink:

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Re: Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:51 pm

Sorry Arks... :redface: must have been in one of my more stressful periods that happens every now-and-then when squeezed for time...

I'll ask the Mods to merge...

Which other new threads did I miss?
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Re: Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:54 pm

DotDan wrote:I searched for this bloody thing high and low throughout the Karoo in January. :evil:

Great shots Johan :wink:


Sorry to read that you missed them, DD. I must admit that I got special treatment from these guys...
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Re: Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by arks » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:08 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Sorry Arks... :redface: must have been in one of my more stressful periods that happens every now-and-then when squeezed for time...

I'll ask the Mods to merge...

Which other new threads did I miss?

No worries Johan, and I do understand being squeezed for time! I'll have a look for others that I started after my 2011 trip.

**Edit: Seems that you caught all the others that I added from 2011, only happened to miss my Karoo korhaan :wink: (And just this week, I've added some (not-great-but-better-than-none?) pix of the pied babblers that I saw at Marakele.)
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Korhaan, Karoo

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:01 pm

Hello Guys

Just came back from Tankwa, and got a few unknowns to tick off

Namaqua Korhaan
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by adrianp » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:15 pm

A few confirmations below in red

[quote="Gilbertr14"]Hello Guys

Just came back from Tankwa, and got a few unknowns to tick off

Namaqua Korhaan Karoo Koorhaan
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