Southern Fiscal subspecies subcoronatus along the Swartrivier road

Posted on the 1st March 2017

Lize van Dyk, who attended the Flight for Birders course at Somerset West last Thursday and Friday took these very interesting images along the Swartrivier road on Saturday. This Southern Fiscal subspecies subcoronatus is normally associated with the dryer north-west of the country and those of you visiting the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park would have seen it there. Note the conspicuous white eye-brow. Also interesting that the one image shows a young bird, so they must be breeding here. Be on the lookout for this “out of range bird” when next you travel along the Swartrivier road.








MCB (posted: 2017-03-02 10:41:28)
Or could the parents be "normal", which means they breed everywhere?
TREVOR HARDAKER (posted: 2017-03-02 08:36:37)
Hi Anton,

I think we don’t really understand the full extent of the distribution of the various races, because these birds with white eyebrows seem to pop up all over the place far away from where they are normally meant to me. I have seen them a number of times locally over the years as well and they also turn up occasionally right over in the east of the country, so who really knows what is going on with them? Perhaps it is even a recessive gene that shows up in some of the other races from time to time that gives them the white eyebrow?

Thanks for forwarding the pics on!

Kind regards