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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

Dear Birders,
Please take note that this topic is regularly “cleaned” by moving the posts of a specific bird that has been positively ID-ed to the specific bird topic for all to use when trying to ID their bird sightings, and also to read all the interesting discussions about the birds while ID-ing them.
Should it be impossible for anybody to give a positive ID for a bird for some reason or another, it will be taken out, because it serves no purpose.
Go to Index to Birds Index to Birds and find the topic of the bird you are looking for.

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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by francoisd » Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:24 pm

Those small brown birds so many of us battle to identify, affectionately named Little Brown Jobs or LBJs for short by birders, can really be a pain especially if you want to increase the bird sightings list of your last trip.

Use this area to post photos of those LBJs you find difficult to identify and maybe some of the forum members might be able to be of assistance.

Remember only LBJs here. If you need a raptor identified go here and for all other birds you can go here.
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:36 am

I've been puzzling over these little birds :wall: but now am thinking that they may all be either female or nonbreeding male yellowrumped widows? Seen along Darling Hills Road in late November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:13 am

Arks - Eish! :D will have a look at my books to see if I can help.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by arks » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:45 pm

This one has me flummoxed :wall: Is it some sort of warbler perhaps? It was moving all the time, usually in shrubbery so that it was hard to even get a reasonable view of it, much less a reasonable photo. These are the best that I could do :whistle: Seen in the garden at Evita se Perron in early December 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:26 pm

Hi, I took these photos of little birds far away when I was in Bloem in Feb. At first, I thought they were masked weavers of sparrows, but on closer inspection, I noticed the yellowish-coloured bills. Then I was stumped for a long time, until the current bird ID challenge. I thought they may be pin-tailed whydah females, but then I noticed the pink legs. Now I think they may shaft-tailed whydahs or perhaps red-billed queleas? Please help!

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:07 pm

Here is another photo
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Unread post by gatita » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:15 pm

from the first picture I think it could be a red-billed quelea :hmz:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:43 pm

These photos of this pretty little bird were take in the Ezemvelo Game reserve near Bronkhorstpruit. He has such amazing markings, yet I have been struggling for a long time to ID him. Please help!

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:46 pm

"bump"

Karin Mitton wrote:These photos of this pretty little bird were take in the Ezemvelo Game reserve near Bronkhorstpruit. He has such amazing markings, yet I have been struggling for a long time to ID him. Please help!

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:53 pm

"bump"

Karin Mitton wrote:These photos of this pretty little bird were take in the Ezemvelo Game reserve near Bronkhorstpruit. He has such amazing markings, yet I have been struggling for a long time to ID him. Please help!


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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Ladybirder » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:05 am

Could be a Long-billed Pipit due to the pink base of the bill?

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:12 am

Karin's bird looks more larkish to me.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Albert » Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:29 am

This is interesting (and I suspect a good learning experience for a neophyte such as myself):

I also thought Long-billed Pipit (but I'm not confident enough to assert the ID). I thought Pipit because I see only 1 row of scapulars (but then I might be looking at the wrong feathers), and three tertials (wrong feathers comment also applies). The bird certainly has many similar markings on the head to the Long-billed Pipit that I saw in the Karoo National Park earlier this year.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:27 am

:lol: :lol: this is all very confusing and exceptionally frustrating at the same time as I cannot see most of the photos being posted and I am unable to log on to the forum.

My Lark comment was in reply to Karin's bird 2 pages ago.

Anyhoo.

Karin's Bronkhorstspruit bird is certainly a pipit. Which one is a tough question and it would take a brave man to distinguish between Long-billed and African especially when the retrice on the tail seems more white(African) than buff(Long-billed). :wall:
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