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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Bird is This? #20

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James, could it be a Thrush?

Pretty sure that this is an immture black cuckooshrike

Huge guess here, but going with female black cuckooshrike.

Hi James. On the basis that the yellow in the wings is just evening light I am going with an immature Red-backed Shrine

Some good answers everyone. One of you is correct so far… Wait for Friday for the answer…

As a non birder, I googled migratory birds for South Africa…. I’m guessing a shrike based on the head and wing color.

I’m guessing that it’s a thrush.

It’s a juvenile Dideric cuckoo

Female Black Cuckooshrike

Juvenile Klaas ‘s Cuckoo??

After much research (there are so many different birding websites!), I’m going with the Black Cuckoo Shrike!

Klaas’s Cuckoo (female)

Hi All,
My sincere apologies for forgetting to put the answer of the Bird ID into TWIP!
The correct answer is a female Black Cuckooshrike. It’s a tricky one, as these birds can at first glance easily be mistake for a weaver or one of the cuckoo species.
Congrats to all who got it right!

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