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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Cherries » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:45 pm

Now these two birds look like FT drongos but I have never seen the tail spread like this. There was a very cuckoo looking bird (white barring on chest) that ducked out of sight. Now that might be just a red herring! :lol:

These were seen near Punda Maria in January 2010.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Lionspoon » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:46 pm

I think FT drongo as well, because of the reddish eye which distinguishes it from the similar looking 'I-have-forgotten-its-name' bird.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:43 pm

Cherries wrote:Now these two birds look like FT drongos but I have never seen the tail spread like this.
These were seen near Punda Maria in January 2010.

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Cherries, I am sure your birds are indeed Fork-tailed Drongos but in moult where the tail seems to have those little extra feather sticking out from the side.
We were confused last year after seeing them frequently in the PM area and then found the explanation in the SASOL bird guide. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Cherries » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:34 pm

@Elsa - thank you so much for the explanation.

As a novice birder I never even thought about moulting! :doh:

A good learning curve! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:09 am

They are really sneaky birds....
Drongos in the Kalahari mimic the alarm calls of other species in order to steal food, scientists have found.

The birds "play tricks" on meerkats in particular, following the little mammals around until they catch a meal.

The drongos then make fake alarm calls that mimic other species and cause the meerkats to run for cover, allowing the drongos to swoop in.

Have a read in the whole article.
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Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed

Unread post by Leeukos » Tue May 22, 2012 8:27 pm

A Fork-tailed Drongo at Lake Panic.

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Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed

Unread post by Leeukos » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:52 pm

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Drongo: Fork-tailed

Unread post by Leeukos » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:54 pm

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Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:03 pm

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Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed

Unread post by Johann » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:12 pm

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Re: Drongo: Fork-tailed

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:28 pm

Great shot Johan

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:57 pm

Could someone please help me with the ID of this bird seen in Kruger in June this year.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by TrevorC » Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:13 pm

That is a Fork-tailed Drongo Elsa :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:32 pm

Thanks Trevor and I guess I should have known that! :redface:
just the bill looked so light in colour and the pale colour in the wings threw me off a bit!
have to make some excuses! :whistle:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Apus » Sat May 28, 2016 8:45 am

Hi, This was at Skukuza..perhaps a juv Black Cuckoo?? anyone? thanks..
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