BIRDS WITH STRIPES

The Bar-throated apalis has a distinctive narrow black collar.Sporting a much broader collar is the Black-collared barbet. Its bright red face and throat is bordered with a black stripe.

The head of a Crowned lapwing sports a black cap interrupted by a white stripe that creates a halo effect.

Often overlooked is the Grey-headed sparrow that has a charming little white stripe on its wings.

Then there are the Lesser-striped swallows with prominent black striping on their white underparts.

The last in this group of birds being showcased today is the delightful Red-necked spurfowl. Look at its dark underparts and you will see there are two white stripes on each feather.

14 thoughts on “BIRDS WITH STRIPES

  1. I’m with Derrick. Another good set. Went through and took a second look. My favorites are the crowned lapwing with the fetching chapeau and the red-necked spurfowl with those exquisite feathers.

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    • The crowned lapwing was photographed in an open field near our house. We have occasionally had red-necked spurfowl visit our garden, although we mostly see them in the Addo Elephant National Park (where this one was photographed).

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  2. What fun seeing all of these beautifully striped birds. Love the Barbet and those swallows. Does the red-necked spurfowl fly? Does it scratch around in your garden? Is it hunted?

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    • The Black-collared barbet is a year-round visitor in our garden, while the Lesser-striped swallows are summer visitors. They build a nest of mud under our eaves. There are some Red-necked spurfowl that visit our garden occasionally, especially during the winter. They are hunted in areas, such as the Karoo, by wingshooters.

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  3. An interesting take on stripes. We had a pair of grey-headed sparrows nesting here, and one of them had the white stripe on one wing only, which confused me when I saw the stripe-free side first until it turned to face the other way.

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    • The more I look at the familiar (of anything) the more I realise there are individual differences. We have three common fiscals that come to the feeder: one has eyebrows, one sports a distinctive spot on its tummy, and the newest one has a distinctive white spot at the end of one of its tail feathers 🙂

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