On my Lakenvlei birding trip I ran into some birds I could not identify. Being a novice birder I dont expect any wonderful new species, but it would be nice if anyone can help me identify, and possible refer me to a good reference. I am using Roberts and Newman as my two references.
NUMBER 1. This ‘Vink’/finch-ish bird has a black face. The back of his head is yellow. Body is Red. Closest match is a “Rooivink” but the colour pattern is different, I think. It kept on harassing the female and chicks of Number 5 at their nest.
NUMBER 2: This seedeater Vink/Finch is Red. All over. Except for the wing shoulder (yellow) and the wings (patterned brown). It also harassed number 5’s female.
NUMBER 3: This sweety perched itself on a bale, next to the wetland and surveyed his world from there for a few minutes… No idea where to start my search. Maybe its still a juvenile?
NUMBER 4: Some kind of janfrederik? Apparently this guy is quite common according to locals bu they dont know the name. I cannot find a matching colour pattern for the breast.
NUMBER 5: This guy baffles me most. Originally I thought it was a Longtailed widow, Euplectes progne that lost its tail early. The female is a good match, and the nest too. The male is the exact build (excluding tail) and behaviour of a long tailed widow. However, instead of a white band next to the red on the wing shoulder top, it has a yellow band. This yellow band extends to the bottom of the wing, where I expected it to be black (to be Euplectes progne)
CONFIRMED: Euplectes axillaris, Red-Shouldered Widow, Kortstertflap. Confirmed by Lizelle Makovini – Thanks!
Please help with this confusion if you can!