Marakele Cisticola

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86344 by mansona
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Found this cisticola halfway up the mountain last week. Leaning towards Levaillants, maybe just to be safe, but it is not its usual habitat. Never got a view of its back but one can see form the images that it is dark. The bird was feeding in a tree with Bar-throated Apalis and Cape White-eye. Any comments appreciated.
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4 years 3 weeks ago #86345 by TrevorC
TrevorC replied the topic: Re: Marakele Cisticola
Yes is rather strange habitat for Levaillants <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> Have you considered Rattling Cisticola which are abundent up there, although the markings on the back don't really fit that one ? Lets see what the real experts say :D

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4 years 3 weeks ago #86346 by mansona
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Thanks Trevor.

Had a look at the SABAP maps and Levaillants are as likely as Tinkling (both has been recorded in adjacent pentads), my other possibility I considered. I feel that the only three cisticola species recorded in that pentad (Lazy, Rattling and Zitting) can be excluded as possibilities. I did see Rattling a bit further down and could ID it us such and the same with Lazy on top of the mountain.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #86353 by Doug
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Difficult to see the back accurately.

If teh back is dominated by grey then up on the hill tops it would be Wailing.

If it's black, Levaillant's occurs in some pretty obscure habitats away from water sometimes e.g. top of Suikerbosrand.

I'm leaning towards Levaillant's.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #86357 by mansona
mansona replied the topic: Re: Marakele Cisticola
Thanks for taking a stab at this Doug.

Think it will have to be Levaillant's to far out of range for Wailing.

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