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Kenya Nov 2019 Tsavo East 1 (1 Viewer)

Mr Patience

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Moving on to Tsavo East, here is the first batch.

My Guesses:

1 ??
2 Not sure which White-eye it is.
3 Isabelline/Brown Shrike, juvenile.
4 Grey-backed Cameroptera
5 Perhaps Pale Flycatcher.

Thanks
 

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To clarify for Mr Patience, 'Pale White-eye' is Kenya White-eye (Zosterops flavilateralis flavilateralis). It's one of two sub-species that have been split from Z. Abyssinicus, Abyssinian White-eye (the other is Z. flavilateralis jubaensis), and would be the common species in Tsavo. In physical books, all will still be under Abyssinian White-eye.

As for bird 4: As far as I can see the wings should be green for the Camaroptera, and they are clearly brown in this photo. But I am really having a problem getting Rock-loving (Lazy) Cisticola out of this. Although I have never seen one, it should have a red cap, a supercilium, and a brown tail, among other things. But I have no better ideas. I get a kind of Bulbul feel, but that's just a feeling.
 
As for bird 4: I am really having a problem getting Rock-loving (Lazy) Cisticola out of this. Although I have never seen one, it should have a red cap, a supercilium, and a brown tail, among other things. But I have no better ideas.
Grey Apalis maybe.
Jean
 
4 Regardless of brown wings, is Grey-backed Camaroptera quite clearly for me?

IMO, it looks nothing like an Apalis.
 
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4 is Grey wren-warbler and 5 a Spotted flycatcher.
But I am stumped by the first bird...any additional image or info on this one?
 
4 is Grey wren-warbler and 5 a Spotted flycatcher.
But I am stumped by the first bird...any additional image or info on this one?

Chestnut Weaver?

Re the Wren Warbler, I expected to be able to see barring below.

Attached is my Miombo Wren Warbler from Rwanda.
 

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4 is Grey wren-warbler

Well, I considered this bird which I saw for the first time earlier this year. But both the illustration in Stevenson and Fanshawe and the bird I saw (two photos attached) have a much much more uniform grey colouring - that is to say, including the breast - than the OP's bird; so I dismissed this as a possibility.
 

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Chestnut Weaver?

Re the Wren Warbler, I expected to be able to see barring below.

Attached is my Miombo Wren Warbler from Rwanda.

Miombo WR is way more streaky than Grey. In the latter the barring is faint at best and often not present at all.

Not a Chestnut weaver, the underparts colour is wrong for any plumage of this sp.
I think it’s a sparrow but ...
 
Well, I considered this bird which I saw for the first time earlier this year. But both the illustration in Stevenson and Fanshawe and the bird I saw (two photos attached) have a much much more uniform grey colouring - that is to say, including the breast - than the OP's bird; so I dismissed this as a possibility.

Agree, a lot more white underneath than expected, combined with lack of barring, I never considered a Wren Warbler.
 
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