HELP! – A questions for the birders among you.

Bheki – my tracker on Thanda – is an excellent birding guide. And he usually is able to identify any bird for our guest or for me :-).

But this one puzzles us both. I shot this image in July 2011. As I am currently reviewing all my images – many thousands 😦 – I came across this one and wanted to get an ID.

Does anyone have an idea what this is (it looks like a Weaver or Canary with some of the colors of a Barbet).

Thanks for the help!

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18 Replies to “HELP! – A questions for the birders among you.”

    1. You were close!

      We got the answer 🙂 It seems to be a Village Weaver female which had indulged herself in a Aloe pollen feast – hence the orange color. Thanks for your comment!

    1. Thanks Mike – I think you are correct. It was during Aloe blooming season. Looking at the wing pattern and at the location where I took the image I think it is a female Village Weaver.

  1. Hi Christian.

    Answer from a very reliable source in the birding community.

    The orange colouration on face and breast can be ignored. This is as a result of pollen from flowers. The weaver has been feeding on nectar. My guess is non- breeding Southern Masked Weaver.

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Thanks for your help, Daniel – That explanation makes sense. It was during the Aloe blooming season. Looking at the wing pattern and at the location where I took the image I think it is a female Village Weaver.

    1. We got the answer 🙂 It seems to be a Village Weaver female which had indulged herself in a Aloe pollen feast – hence the orange color. Thanks for your comment!

    1. Thanks Karen. Unfortunately there is no species named after me 🙂

      But we got the answer 🙂 It seems to be a Village Weaver female which had indulged herself in a Aloe pollen feast – hence the orange color. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Only familiar with N American birds but it is similar to our finch and warblers…but the beak is longer than a finch and wider than a warbler??? Good luck. Pretty little thing even if a bit muddy. Let us know if you figure it out.

    1. We got the answer 🙂 It seems to be a Village Weaver female which had indulged herself in an Aloe pollen feast – hence the orange color. Thanks for your comment!

  3. We got the answer 🙂 It seems to be a Village Weaver female which had indulged herself in a Aloe pollen feast – hence the orange color. Thanks for your comment!

  4. I agree with your posted answer and was going to say (based on my West Africa experience) a weaver. Even without the chance of pollen, many weavers have orange on the front and head. Christian, I thoroughly enjoy receiving your weekly update! -Charlie

    1. Hello Christel – No the consensus seems to be that this is a female of a Village Weaver (alternate name is Spotted-backed Weaver). We have a lot of those at Thanda. They breed in colonies but build individual nests. There base color is yellow, were the Social Weaver (or Sociable Weaver) are mainly grey/brown. I will blog an image of Village Weavers (male and female) today 🙂

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