Thursday, June 14, 2012

Birding the “No man’s land”: Help ID the bird

Please help in identifying a bird that I spotted while birding along the South African border with Botswana last Saturday. The bird was perched on the Botswana side and I could only get a shot of it after spotting it with my binoculars and off it went.

Help ID the bird


  1. Se parece un poco aun Carduelis cannabina,aunque desconozco si los hay por alli.Saludos

  2. Dear Mpho, the female sparrowlarks are often tricky to ID as they resemble seed-eaters with their short chunky bills and horizantal stance. This is a Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark, as it is quite dark below, with a black belly, and the chestnut on the upperparts is showing at the shoulder. All the best, Callan