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Record details

BirdPix:   73117
Province:   North-West
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   2626DD
Observer:   Grobler Elna
Date of record:   2019-02-21
Number of photos:   3
Notes:   Bird was eating grass seeds and being chased by adult breeding male southern masked weaver. The eye colour though, does not fit Southern masked weaver... They are black, and not reddish-brown or red as for female/juv or male birds? Also seems to be going into breeding plumage, looking at the black face mask, but then bill should be black, and not horn coloured. Sun was shining on the bird while being photographed, so the light did not affect the captured eye colour.
Last updated:   2019-03-22 08:52:10
Sp. code:   803
Species name:   Ploceus velatus
Common name:   Southern Masked-Weaver -- Swartkeelgeelvink
Family:   Ploceidae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:   Southern masked weaver
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:   http://vmus.adu.org.za/?vm=BirdPix-73117
VM-number: 73117 - photo: 1
VM-number: 73117 - photo: 2
VM-number: 73117 - photo: 3

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Dieter Oschadleus
Comment:   This is a male Southern Masked Weaver with a pigment deficiency that is affecting the bill and eye colour
Date:   2019-03-24 12:11:40
Species name:   Ploceus velatus -- Southern Masked-Weaver; Swartkeelgeelvink
Species code:   803
Comment number:   2
By:   Lisl van Deventer
Comment:  
Date:   2019-03-24 12:15:58
Species name:   Ploceus velatus -- Southern Masked-Weaver; Swartkeelgeelvink
Species code:   803

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