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#1 Soukous

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 08:16 AM

Can anyone help with an ID for this little bird

 

captured in Golden Gate NP, South Africa

 

we suspect it's a juvenile but are struggling with positive ID

 

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 10:26 AM

I think it's one of the Cisticola species. Maybe a juvenile Neddicky or Black-backed cisticola.  A good one for Name That Bird.

 

Do you have any other images showing other features such as the back?


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Posted 05 March 2016 - 01:06 PM

I agree with @Geoff that it's a Cisticola and that Black-backed is a possibility.

But I think the visible features are more consistent with Levaillant's Cisticola.

The pale rufous crown, plain face with faint pale supercilium, faint rufous line behind the eye, reddish-looking tail with dark fringes, and dark streaked back are good for Levaillant's. If we could see a bit more of the wing, we could discern the presence/absence of the bright rufous wing panel...
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 06:13 AM

Thanks @Geoff @offshorebirder

 

I have a couple more photos but none of them are particularly good. 

 

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I think that @offshorebirder is probably correct with the Levaillant's Cisticola, the black backed is not shown as being in the area where the photo was taken.

 

I had previously been looking at Prinias - in particular the Drakensberg Prinia - but the Cisticola looks a better bet

 

 


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 12:13 PM

 

I think that @offshorebirder is probably correct with the Levaillant's Cisticola, the black backed is not shown as being in the area where the photo was taken.

 

 

 

@Soukous  Martin, I thought it was the other way around. The Leavaillant's is not shown in the area where the photo was taken.


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 04:32 PM

I am going by what is shown in the Roberts Bird Guide @Geoff


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 08:21 PM

@Soukous When pronouncing on the identity of birds it does depend so much on which book you're looking at, there isn't a black-backed cisticola in Roberts, in Sasol there are two species that are also known as black-backed the Luapula and the rufous-winged, in Birds of Africa South of the Sahara there is a black-backed but this bird also known as the black-necked is primarily a West African species though are some small populations in Central Africa. Of these cisticolas only the rufous-winged which is endemic to South East Africa comes close to where I think Golden Gate NP is, I don't think it's this one though, I'm not great with cisticolas but I'm pretty sure this is Levaillant's after a Google image search for this species I'm sure it's the best fit unless Golden Gate isn't where I think it is.


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Posted 30 March 2016 - 08:03 PM

I sympathise with @Soukous - on my recent trip to SA I saw numerous Cisticola and of those that I managed to photograph, I struggled with them all but ultimately identified them all as Levaillant's Cisticola.

 

Assuming that I'm right in my identifications I reached the conclusion that in Kwa-Zulu Natal at least, the Levaillant's is either the most common Cisticola or its behaviour of calling on top of grass stalks makes it the most prominent.

 

Garden Castle, Dec 2015

 

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Mooi River, December 2015

 

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