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#21 Tanya_in_Kenya

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 02:41 PM

Vitelline Masked Weaver?

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 05:13 PM

Vitelline Masked Weaver?


Afraid not. Try again :D

Looks like my pic wasnt as easy as I thought it would be.


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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:20 PM

Tanzania masked weaver?

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:42 PM

Nope. It was photographed around Mount Kenya if that helps.


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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:18 PM

Baglafecht weaver?
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:04 PM

Baglafecht weaver?


Correct :)


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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:05 PM

It can't be a Baglafecht weaver - all Baglafecht weavers have pale eyes.

It could be a Compact weaver, but neither Zimmerman/Turner/Pearson nor Sinclair/Ryan list them around Mt Kenya.

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:46 PM

It could be wearing coloured lenses.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 09:00 PM

It could be wearing coloured lenses.

:) If this is the case I'd drop Kenya from my list of favourite destinations...

Maybe predator could explain to me why this is a Baglafecht weaver.

Whatsoever - Nyamera, it's your turn...

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 09:21 PM

I donít know if itís really my turn. Anyway, itíll take some time for me to find a photo and figure out how to post it here. All my bird photos are of superb starlings that Iíve baited.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 10:30 PM

Maybe predator could explain to me why this is a Baglafecht weaver.


because 4 obsessive and knowledgable birders on the trip I was on identified it as such. Being more of a mammals person I trusted their opinion.


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Posted 16 February 2008 - 11:54 PM

Time for rule-breaking while nyamera looks for a bird? Just to keep the ball rolling.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:55 AM

Green-winged pytilia?

I tried to show a bird, but got an error message.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 05:38 AM

I would say Nyamera is right - a male green-winged pytilia.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 05:42 AM

Nyamera,

Right genus...so you might be right but it's not the common name I know it by. I'm no birder.

Unless somebody can be more helpful...if you'd like to email me your bird image, I'll host it, send you the URL and you should be able to post it using that. My email is jfm at afrigalah dot com.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 05:46 AM

it's not the common name I know it by

It's also called Melba finch.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 06:03 AM

It's also called Melba finch.


That's it! Looks like you deserve two birds, nyamera :)

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:18 AM

It can't be a Baglafecht weaver - all Baglafecht weavers have pale eyes.

It could be a Compact weaver, but neither Zimmerman/Turner/Pearson nor Sinclair/Ryan list them around Mt Kenya.


I want to get to the bottom of this weaver conundrum!

It can't be a Compact Weaver, because they have dark eyes.

In my opinion, the key distinguishing feature here is the red eye. As far as I can see, there are only four yellow weavers which have red eyes:

1. African Golden Weaver - no black head though - cancels that out.
2. Jackson's Golden Backed Weaver - has chestnut chest - cancels that out.
3. Black-headed (or Village) Weaver - I still think this is a contender.
4. Vitelline Masked Weaver - very similar to above, but not found in highlands.

I'm sorry, but I'm reiterating my belief it's a Black-headed Weaver, also known as the Village Weaver. Its range includes Mt Kenya (and there are loads of pictures of them on my blog too - for example, take a look at this post - half way down the page there are 4 photos)

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:20 AM

I would say Nyamera is right - a male green-winged pytilia.


I also know this as the Green-winged Pytilia.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:06 PM

I would say Nyamera is right - a male green-winged pytilia.


I also know this as the Green-winged Pytilia.


Sums up the problem with birding to me - the same bird is known by different names in different places. Having mainly visited Southern Africa when I went to Kenya I found several birds that I actually recognised and was told they werent what I said they were. A more knowledgable person corrected the guide that I was correct but I was using the southern african name not the east african name. :)






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