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Widowbird, Whitewinged

Unread postby Candy's Style » Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:08 pm

Whitewinged Widow
Euplectes albonotatus

Habits: Gregarious in small flocks, often in company with other Euplectes species (Widows and Bishops) even when breeding. Male displays from perch by singing with tail conspicuously fanned. Flight rather slow with rapidly fluttering wings, showing yellow and white flashes. Forages on groung and on standing plants.
Food: Seeds, grain, insects, nectar of aloes.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:50 pm

Saw a few this week, notably from the Lower Sabie tearoom area, looking at the reeds.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby granjan » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:53 pm

Could someone help with identifying this bird seen at Shimangwaneni dam in September. The first pic is heavily cropped from the second and this was the only one in a fairly large mixed flock.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pantera leo » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:48 pm

I would say it's a Non-breeding Male White-winged Widowbird due to the yellow patch on the shoulder and the white bar in the wing.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:06 pm

I agree with Pantera's ID :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby granjan » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:30 pm

Thanks both of you. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Pumbaa » Tue May 08, 2012 7:24 pm

Can someone please help me with the id of this one???

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Roan » Tue May 08, 2012 10:23 pm

Hi Pumbaa.
Where were these pictures taken? The bird in the second photograph is perched in a buffalo thorn (Ziziphus micronata) and could possibly be a female White-winged Widowbird? :hmz:

Hopefully someone else will have more clarity.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun May 13, 2012 12:10 pm

Roan wrote:Hi Pumbaa.
Where were these pictures taken? The bird in the second photograph is perched in a buffalo thorn (Ziziphus micronata) and could possibly be a female White-winged Widowbird? :hmz:

Hopefully someone else will have more clarity.

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Thanks Roan - Both pictures have been taken in Kruger in February and I confirm with you the second one is a female white-winged widowbird as he was not far away. :tongue:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:50 pm

Please could I have help with these two birds, which I saw 2 days ago near Crooks Corner.
Thanks, and sorry the photos are rubbish!!! :redface:


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:41 pm

Hi Val

the first :hmz: a White-winged Widowbird (Widow)
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:37 pm

anne-marie wrote:Hi Val

the first :hmz: a White-winged Widowbird (Widow)


Widow bird.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:25 am

Here's another bird that has me puzzled. Might it be a female paradise whydah? Seen in the Pafuri area of KNP on 1 November 2014.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:30 pm

My vote goes for a non-breeding white-winged widowbird. The elongated seed-eater shape and blue/grey colour of the bill is the main clue.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:22 pm

Thanks JvR :gflower: I definitely hadn't thought of that one, but now also see just a bit of a yellow "epaulet" as well :)
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