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    This bird can only be one of the following three Canaries. I am nearly there. This is either a female Yellow Canary (Serinus flaviventris) femlale Black-troated Canary (S. atrogulatis) White-troated Canary (S. albogularis) I would exclude the White-troated as the beak is not heavy enough. I...
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    Speci in Galary not in DB

    Red-eyed Dove : Streptopelia semitorquata http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29871/sort/1/cat/500/page/1 African Pied Starling : Spreo bicolor http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/showphoto.php/photo/29872/sort/1/cat/500/page/1 If they are good enough could some-one...
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    Ant-eating chat

    I replaced my current picture with a better shot hoping that the database would automatically update with the new image. Unfortunatly it did not. The old picture just disapeared. The picture I replaced it with is listed below : Southern Anteater-Chat : Myrmecocichla formicivora...
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    Cisticola #2

    Sigh, I'd better get to know these guys a bit better, there is a possible 20 species in Southern Africa, fortunately not all in the same spread. I think this one may be easier than the last. I think this is the Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chinana). The reddish head made me immediately think...
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    I am pretty sure this is a Cisticola. Which one is more dificult. I see stripes on the head. I also notice the bottem beak seems pinkish, (which doesn't help), strongly patterend plumage. From the markings I would hazard a guess and say it is a either a Zitting or Dessert. My first guess...
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    New Speci

    The following bird was in the gallary and is not in the DB as yet. Could some-one please add it to the DB. (I think I forgot to enter the Scientific name, but have added it since) Thank you. African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus) ...
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    Small bird?

    That's as close as I can get ! I've tried a to fit a few birds but cannot with confidence say what these birds are. They are group birds, families of about 20, hiding in the long grass/reeds next to a small dam. The birds are very small (I would say about 10cm). I can't remeber any distintive...
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    Widowbird in moult?

    This bird was part a group of about 10-15 birds. Half of them had these tails. I noticed two of these groups during the morning. They had a distinct call, bout 1.5 seconds in a lowish key. The kept in the grass, usually close to the ground, flying as a group from patch to patch after a few...
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    Pink-billed Lark

    Another Lark ;) I am pretty sure this is a pink-billed Lark. Don't have enough confidence though, just need a confirmation. The bird was shot in the Pretoria area(Rietvleidam), South Africa.
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    Red-collared Widowbird

    The first bird is the one in question. The others have been left just to give an indication of size. Bird 2 & 3 are male and female Cape Sparrows (15cm) and bird 4 is a breeding male Red-billed Quelea (11-13cm). At first glance I though that the first bird was also a quelea, but appears to be...
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    Oh I really hope I am right on this one, this seems to be a really rare bird in South Africa. Ive look at the image on the DB and they don't look exactly the same, but very simular.
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    Female Marico Sunbird

    I am 90% sure that all three these birds are examples of female Nectarinia mariquensis. Picture 1 and 3 were taken in my garden, Pretoria, Picture 2 was taken in Louis Trichaart (approx 400km N of Pretoria) The only reason I am unsure is that in no case did I see the male. I think it could...
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    LBJ (Lark)

    This one has me stumped. I first thought it to be an immature Rufes-naped Lark, but there are a few features missing, like spots on chest. The beak also seems wrong. I also though of an Anteating chat, but the beak is then even more wrong. Actually I don't know. Shot at Potchefstroom in December.
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    Red-headed weaver

    Three things bother me with this ID, the first is that I never saw the males around, the second is that the Mantle looks like that of a southern Masked weaver (all the female masked weavers have red eyes, this bird not) and the last is that the picture in my guide show a blackish colour just...
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    Various birds

    The following ofmy birds are in the galary but not in the Database. They are all new specis. It wil be appreciated if someone could make the links. Thank you Three-banded Plover : (Charadrius tricollaris) http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/showphoto.php/photo/26372/sort/1/cat/500/page/1...
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    Red-billed Firefinch

    I am not sure the bird in the database is correct. If it is a baby the beak should be brown, and not black? I see it does have a red tail (cross) but cannot find the bird in my guidebook, not sure where it was taken. Am I wrong? http://www.birdforum.net/bird_view.php?bid=6438
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    I am hving some dificulty with this one. What confuses me I think is the crest, I never knew a female bird could have a crest. I don't think its the wind, and the picture is from the bottom, so in theory the crest would be more pronounced from the side. Picture was taken at Potchefstroom 150 km...
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    White-breasted Cormorant ?

    All three these birds are Phalocrocorax (I think), but they all have slighly different features. The pictures were taken SunCity(1), and Marievale(2,3). The only inland P. from my SASOL guide is P. lucidus and africanus. To me they are all P. lucidus. (Even if the third birds eye is not totaly...
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    Various birds

    I have gone through the database and my Galaries, and have noticed that some of my birds are new speci's and not on the database. It could be that they are not of high enough quality, or I suppose they could have been missed. If quality is not the problem could some-one please add them to the...
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    Immature Mocking Cliff-Chat?

    This bird is obviously a baby (from the beak) The only features I can see is the beak-shape, body-shape, possible black chest. My guess would be the Immature Mocking Cliff-Chat? (Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris) I say this due to the blackish chest. Am i correct?
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    Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah female?

    I am having trouble identifying this bird. As first glance one would think it is a Bunting because of the stripes on the head, but the stripes seem wrong. I have looked at the females of the Indigo bird, but it has a white beak, the female pin-tailed Whydah has a pink beak. My guess would be...
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    I am 90% sure this is a Lesser Swamp-Warbler. I mainly say this because of the brow. (Acrocephalus gracilirostris). But it could also be A. baeticatus or A.palustris. I am not to sure when the wings are short enough. In this case the birds are so alike in my guide they could all have been the...
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    Grey-backed Camaroptera

    My guide shows this bird with a black beak, my image shows an orange beak. Is my identification correct? My SASOL guide has a speci Camaroptera brevicaudata (Grey-backed Camaroptera). The database does not, I assume it would be C. brachyura on the database. (they look very simular in my guide...
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    Diderick Cuckoo

    I have been looking to see a diderick all my life, mainly due to is lovely call (too me second only to the call of the fish eagle). I tried to follow the call and thought I saw the bird. Once I came home and looked at the picture I was disapointed, as I am not sure if this is a Diderick at all...
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    I am really having difficulty ID-ing these birds. This bird does not appear the same as the Spike-heeled lark I asked about yesterday. My 1st guess would be the Sabota Lark. (Calendulauda sabota) I say this because of the white on its chin and the white brow. For the same reasons could also...