Transitional Long-tailed Widowbird

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7 years 7 months ago #21825 by marktittley
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On a previous outing I saw in bird in flight that totally troubled me. It would settle on a small bush, or even tall grass - and was around 18cm. Unfortunately I never got close and my pics were useless. I went through all my bird books a number of times and was just about to post an ID request, when I saw it upclose yesterday at Rietvlei Dam (17 April 2010) and the mystery was solved as I realised that it is a male Widowbird in transition. The Nature Reserve has three Widowbirds listed: Long-tailed, Fan-tailed and Red-collared. My thinking is that it is the Long-tailed Widowbird. Here are three pics. The pic of the bird flying is not great, but it does show the black wings and the red shoulders. Any comments? Mark

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7 years 7 months ago #21898 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: Transitional Long-tailed Widowbird
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7 years 7 months ago #22196 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Transitional Long-tailed Widowbird
Size would lead you towards Long Tailed but the final photo clinches it with the red / white patch on the shoulder. Saw loads of these at Marievale a couple of weeks ago and kept thinking they were something else!

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5 years 10 months ago #65642 by Doug
Doug replied the topic: Re: Transitional Long-tailed Widowbird
A non-breeding male
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