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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Niall » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:00 pm

With that distinct eyestripe, it looks like Sabota Lark to me.

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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:26 pm

I agree
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Unread post by Pjw » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:45 pm

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Unread post by Tilandi » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:41 pm

Can't make up my mind which lark this is. Taken today North West - grassveld and Acacia Thorn Trees in the area. If someone can help please :hmz:
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Unread post by sterblan » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:16 pm

Tilandi, the bird looks like a Sabota Lark. The clear streaking on the breast and clear white eyebrow seems to dictate that.
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Unread post by jnaflwr » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:30 am

I have a few more for ID help:

This one is from Gaborone/Botswana
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Unread post by pantera leo » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:14 am

jnaflwr wrote:I have a few more for ID help:

This one is from Gaborone/Botswana
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The bird looks to me like Sabota Lark.

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Unread post by Tilandi » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:43 pm

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Unread post by DotDan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:08 pm

As far as Tilandi's pic goes, and with this I emphasize how difficult pipits can be, looks to me like an African Pipit. The light streaking on the chest and throat with the bold white eyebrow.

A good indication when out in the field and one comes across this type of specie is to look whether it is bouncing its tail like that of a Wagtail would. Pipits are known to do this and it is a good indication that you are busy looking at the pipit species and not a Lark.

Then I would say bring habitat and range into your next question, and you will see that it eliminates quite a lot of the pipit species found in Southern Africa which makes it then easier to look at the closer details such as Eye markings, Streaking, colour, back markings and size.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:17 pm

After looking at this pic again, I am going to correct myself and sommer change my species as well...

In actual fact I think that this might be a Sabota Lark. Look at the black stripe which runs from the bill to the eye then another stripe which instead runs down the cheek to make a half circle. Sabota's are also quite a common species within the KNP.

The african pipit also has a brown with yellow base on the bill where as the Sabota Lark is more brownish grey.

Looking at the back, one can also pick up that it is not as grey and buff as that of the African Pipit.

Hope this helps a bit... you see I got nice and confused with this one :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by louis dreyer » Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:19 pm

Im just a duckling but don't think its the sabotal lark. the sabota got a stripe behind the eye.The line on the cheeck is not from the eye. I can be wrong
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by sterblan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:03 pm

I do believe that Tilandi's photo is a Sabota Lark. Typically of the larks its head is large in relation to the body. Had its bill been closed, its thicker aspect would have been clearer. To me the "facial expression" of the Sabota is quite unique. This expression is formed by the shape and position of the white stripe above and behind the eye, the fairly large eye (compared to pipits) and the dark loral stripe.
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Unread post by Tilandi » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:47 pm

Thank you Dot Dan, Louis Dreyer and Sterblan. :clap: Much appreciated :D
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Unread post by Tilandi » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:11 pm

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Sterblan, a pic with the bill closed :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by DotDan » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:39 am

Hi Tilandi, yip that pic pretty much confirms that this is indeed a Sabota Lark :D


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