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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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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Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, could it be a Thrush?

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Pretty sure that this is an immture black cuckooshrike

Tom Rawles
Guest contributor

Huge guess here, but going with female black cuckooshrike.

Ian Maclarty
Explorer

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

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

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

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

I’m guessing that it’s a thrush.

Charles Stewart
Explorer

It’s a juvenile Dideric cuckoo

Rory Hudson
Explorer

Female Black Cuckooshrike

Damiano Carli
Explorer

Juvenile Klaas ‘s Cuckoo??

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

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

Lee-Anne Rip
Explorer

Klaas’s Cuckoo (female)

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

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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