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I’m going to call it as an immature (not juvenile) male Greater Honeyguide (Indicator indicator) based on the plain brown back with light underparts and the pink bill.

Greater Honeyguide

James, This must be a Greater Honeyguide. Again, just having one angle to look at the bird does make it more difficult but I think you made it a bit easier this time around.

I think it’s a scaly-throated Honeyguide

Hi James,
I love your bird challenge! It’s demanding but a lovely way of learning more about birds!
I think the answer for the third bird challenge is Kurrichane Thrush, female and juvenile.

Juvenile male greater honeyguide with the beak more progressed towards maturity than the rest of the bird.

Lesser honey guide?

Hi everyone,
Some good answers here, some of which are correct.
I’ll remain mysterious here and say please wait until the Week in Pictures on Friday for the answer…

Senior Digital Ranger

It seems that I was right when I saw the pink bill & my thought is the greater honeyguide immature male almost adult??? Thanks for making it a tad easier ?

A Male Greater Adult Honeyguide in transitional plumage from juvenile to mature. Ian MacLarty

Almost certain that this is an immature greater honeyguide!

Hi Callum,

You my be right… but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out…

I think that it is a not quite adult, male, Greater Honeyguide. Not yet adult, because of darker wings and lighter underparts. The bill looks close to the adult colour, but maybe the red at the base will still deepen. I have also noticed that they drink regularly; probably because they are persistent wax eaters. Eating wax makes you thirsty – so maybe the drinking is also a clue.

Maybe a juvenile oxpecker

Hi Ant,
I’m going to have to ask you for a final answer…! 😉

Sorry James, I’m going with lesser honeyguide, tks

Maybe a juvenile greater honeyguide

Missed this blog. Out of signal for 3 weeks. Looking forward to the December quizz.

female honeyguide, perhaps?

Is it an African Lark?

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