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xyz99 Wednesday 30th September 2015 22:39

Birds of South Africa #2
 
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A new set of birds I need help with ID - these are from West Coast NP area. Thanks.

avesjohn Wednesday 30th September 2015 23:24

My best guesses:
1,4. Rock and/or Lesser Kestrels?
2. female Yellow Bishop?
3. Spotted Thick-knee
5. male Yellow Bishop

Andy Hurley Thursday 1st October 2015 07:09

1 umm, looks like juv. Dickinson's Kestrel, but can't be on location so I'd say because of the dark head, Rock Kestrel.
2 Looks fine for Yellow Bishop
3 Agree with avesjohn, Spotted Thick-Knee
4 Rock Kestrel
5 Agreed, male Yellow Bishop

xyz99 Thursday 1st October 2015 23:46

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I assume this is also a Rock Kestrel - from the Hermanus area. I read that the Rock K. is a subspecies of the Common K, how can you tell the difference?

Nutcracker Friday 2nd October 2015 00:10

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Originally Posted by xyz99 (Post 3289424)
I assume this is also a Rock Kestrel - from the Hermanus area. I read that the Rock K. is a subspecies of the Common K, how can you tell the difference?

Can't help with the ID, but on taxonomy - it used to be a subspecies of the Common Kestrel, but has been split now as Falco rupicolus (see e.g. IOC list). However, post-split, Common Kestrel doesn't occur in S Africa.

Andy Hurley Friday 2nd October 2015 05:52

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Originally Posted by Nutcracker (Post 3289434)
Can't help with the ID, but on taxonomy - it used to be a subspecies of the Common Kestrel, but has been split now as Falco rupicolus (see e.g. IOC list). However, post-split, Common Kestrel doesn't occur in S Africa.

Also by Clements. It is also called South African Kestrel by some authorities/people, but Clements now call it Rock. SASÖL 4 calls it Rock Kestrel

PS the new photo is also a Rock Kestrel. Lesser starts arriving in October and the last leave in April spending May to September in the Northern Hemisphere.


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