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Unknown

Observed: 31st March 2011 By: SollySolly’s reputation in BirdsSolly’s reputation in Birds
Safari_Birds_0032a
Description:

On Safari March 2011. Identified most species but a couple of elusive ones remain. Help please

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    glossy-starling species (Lamprotornis species)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Solly's picture

How about Vieillot's Black

How about Vieillot's Black Weaver as a possibility?

Ray Turner's picture

Think Not

Wrong colour eyes, males have yellow eyes in all stages bar juvenile when it resembles female. Also, though I would never rule an ID out just on the grounds of rarity or location, VBW is uncommon and quite localised.

Also note the left tibia and a bit of the belly visible appears to be a dark brown.

Ray

Ray

Solly's picture

How about Brown Scrub-Robin

How about Brown Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas podobe)?

TUSKER99's picture

How about Juvenile Superb starling

just the leg colour and possibly the darker eyes unable to gauge the size from the photo. If it was weaver size then ignore this comment.

Reders

Ray Turner's picture

Good Call

I think one of the Glossy Starlings is a good call. I would be prepared to favour L. superbus less though as the juveniles reportedly have quite light bills (Starlings and Mynas Helm ID Guides) and of course there is also Shelley’s Starling L. shelleyi though arguably a bit late in the year for this.

Ray

Ray