Croaking Cisticola ????

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4 years 5 months ago #86021 by Martin Taylor
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Saw this one just south of Rust de Winter town (dirt road just past SAPS station). Was a fairly large bird, beak seems right, but no call heard. I got to Croaking because nothing else seems to fit. Adjusted the pics a bit as it was late afternoon and light was poor.

Would appreciate any thoughts on this

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4 years 5 months ago #86024 by DevillEars
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Hey FB. Why would this not be a Rattling Cisticola? The bill doesn't look right for Croaking.. Also the distribution favours Rattling Cisticola

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4 years 5 months ago #86025 by Martin Taylor
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Hi Ian. After some more work I agree - distribution is wrong for Croaking and bill is probably a bit on the light size. It just seemed unusually large.

As for Rattling - it seems likely, but I am no expert. Bill seems ok, habitat was right, light underparts and Rattling is also on the larger end of the spectrum.

Looking at the SABAP distribution & reporting rates confirms the above.

Thanks for the help

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4 years 5 months ago #86028 by Doug
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Defintely Rattling.

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4 years 5 months ago #86031 by Martin Taylor
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Thanks - at least I seem to be able to reliably separate Larks, Pipits & Cisticolas. Slow learning process, but at least web sites like this are a great help. Appreciate the assitance from the experts (otherwise this would have landed in my (large) "unidentified" pic folder)

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4 years 5 months ago #86033 by Doug
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No problem.


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