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    Good day all,

    This is my first ever venture into the birding section... I'm not a bird watcher at all but I'm starting to recognize some of my favorite bird sounds.

    I've been hearing a bird near my house (in gauteng) during the evenings whose sound resembles my two favorite bird sounds which are the Fiery-necked nightjar (Afrika naguil ek dink) and the piet-my-vrou (red chested cuckoo).

    This mystery bird has a definite 3-tone call like the red chested cuckoo but I'm not convinced it is one. In some way it also sounds like a nightjar and it has been calling late evenings. The 3-tone call is distinctive though.

    I have that book that you can scan birds with a little .... Pen thingy and it plays the sounds so I'll be able to recognize the sound if I scan the right bird.

    Can anyone think what bird I might have been hearing?

    Thanks


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    This is a diffic..................nah........ near impossible task. Bird calls is a great tool to help identify and with some of the lbjs it is diagnostic. Problem is that birds have different calls for different "emotions" (for lack of a better explanation) and more often than not these guides that play the sounds only have one of the calls. Describing a sound for Identification is best done by a recording of the sound.

    For what it's worth have a look at the little robin or mountain chat. Just when you think you have it waxed you run in to a fiscal shrike or one of his cronies who happen to be excellent mimic artists and they put together a most convincing call of that elusive new species that gets your heart thumping in your throat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hbannink View Post
    This is a diffic..................nah........ near impossible task. Bird calls is a great tool to help identify and with some of the lbjs it is diagnostic. Problem is that birds have different calls for different "emotions" (for lack of a better explanation) and more often than not these guides that play the sounds only have one of the calls. Describing a sound for Identification is best done by a recording of the sound.

    For what it's worth have a look at the little robin or mountain chat. Just when you think you have it waxed you run in to a fiscal shrike or one of his cronies who happen to be excellent mimic artists and they put together a most convincing call of that elusive new species that gets your heart thumping in your throat.


    Was afraid that might be the case. This is going to bug me for a while :-(

    Like I said, I'm no bird watcher so the description I gave is the best we have.

    Not sure about distance/volume but maybe I manage to record it later.

    Thanks for the input


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    I did check quickly: it was not the robin-chat. At least not the call recorded for the book.


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    Black cuckoo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenD View Post
    Black cuckoo?

    Think I checked most cuckoo's but will go back and check this one specifically in a bit.

    Thanks Owen


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    Just to illustrate the differences in call here is a Bokmakierie doing his best to woo his lady, compare this with the call in the book and see the difference

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    http://www.xeno-canto.org/ is a good resource for a variety of bird calls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenD View Post
    http://www.xeno-canto.org/ is a good resource for a variety of bird calls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenD View Post
    http://www.xeno-canto.org/ is a good resource for a variety of bird calls.

    Looks cool. Thanks Owen


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    Hi Pantoffel,

    I think I have been hearing the exact same bird you describe in my garden in Kyalami. I have also described it to others as the nightjar/cuckoo combo you used. He has been very difficult to spot as he calls in the early eve or morn.

    I have recorded his call and will try get it onto the mystery section of the www.xeno-canto.org website. So hopefully we get some joy there!

    Will also attach the recording in the next post for you to verify if we have the same bird.

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    If you have recorded it can't you link to it here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantoffel View Post
    Good day all,

    This is my first ever venture into the birding section... I'm not a bird watcher at all but I'm starting to recognize some of my favorite bird sounds.

    I've been hearing a bird near my house (in gauteng) during the evenings whose sound resembles my two favorite bird sounds which are the Fiery-necked nightjar (Afrika naguil ek dink) and the piet-my-vrou (red chested cuckoo).

    This mystery bird has a definite 3-tone call like the red chested cuckoo but I'm not convinced it is one. In some way it also sounds like a nightjar and it has been calling late evenings. The 3-tone call is distinctive though.

    I have that book that you can scan birds with a little .... Pen thingy and it plays the sounds so I'll be able to recognize the sound if I scan the right bird.

    Can anyone think what bird I might have been hearing?

    Thanks
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    That is a black cuckoo.
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    Wild guess, but did you search for Grey headed bush shrike?
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    Thanks Owen!

    Pantoffel - hope that was the same bird you were talking about?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kgopa View Post
    Wild guess, but did you search for Grey headed bush shrike?
    The recorded sound is definitely a black cuckoo as pointed out by Owen. Don't think grey-headed bush shrike will feature, as they tend to have a monotonous call - not three distinct tones as mentioned by the op.
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    None of these match the one I heard so far. Been away from home for a few weeks. Will see now that I'm back if I hear it again


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    Default Re: What is this bird?

    Quote Originally Posted by pantoffel View Post
    Good day all,

    This is my first ever venture into the birding section... I'm not a bird watcher at all but I'm starting to recognize some of my favorite bird sounds.

    I've been hearing a bird near my house (in gauteng) during the evenings whose sound resembles my two favorite bird sounds which are the Fiery-necked nightjar (Afrika naguil ek dink) and the piet-my-vrou (red chested cuckoo).

    This mystery bird has a definite 3-tone call like the red chested cuckoo but I'm not convinced it is one. In some way it also sounds like a nightjar and it has been calling late evenings. The 3-tone call is distinctive though.

    I have that book that you can scan birds with a little .... Pen thingy and it plays the sounds so I'll be able to recognize the sound if I scan the right bird.

    Can anyone think what bird I might have been hearing?

    Thanks

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