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Old Sunday 18th September 2011, 04:03   #1
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Greater Kruger, ZA, part 6

Here are some more questions from my recent trip

1 I think is a Yellow-fronted Canary, but why does it have so much grey and so little yellow? The yellow in the face was also reduced in size (and probably due to the low light actually looked white in the field)

2 Is this one also a Brown-headed Kingfisher, or did I get a shot of something else (Striped)? At a different time, I saw a kingfisher with white flash in the wings, but did not see any other details on the bird.

3 I am pretty sure this is White-winged Widowbird, but would like confirmation

4 These old nests seemed to have an opening hole quite high and an entrance tube running on their side. I have uploaded it before, but ask if there are more opinions?

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Old Sunday 18th September 2011, 12:27   #2
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Hi Niels,

1-you're correct, Yellow-fronted Canary, looks like a fairly normal individual to me.
2-Brown-hooded (bill and tail too long for Striped). Both Striped and Grey-headed kingfisher have white wingpatch. But Grey-hooded only shows it on the underwing while Striped has a white upperwing patch and a mostly white underwing. On take-off or while flying, Grey-hooded is a colourfull bird with a mixture of rufous/orange, blue and white; Striped is much duller with just a blue rump and the wing patches.
3-you're right.
4-if I remember correctly, MacNara suggested Lesser masked weaver nests, I think he is right.
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Old Sunday 18th September 2011, 12:30   #3
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1 is a yellow fronted canary ( serinus mozambicus )
2. striped kingfischer ( halcyon chelicuti )
3. i don't know but mayby a lark or widwowbird female ???
4. must be from weaver or bishop ?
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Old Sunday 18th September 2011, 17:51   #4
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Thank you both.

I am here attaching another image of Yellow-fronted Canary, which better describe was I saw most of the time: almost the entire underside evenly yellow, not like the image 1 in post 1, where the throat is strong yellow and the rest of the underside is very dirty where it is yellow.

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