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PIETER THERON from Fraser­burg writes: I pho­tographed this bird us­ing a cam­era trap. The bird is big­ger than a star­ling and smaller than a pi­geon. I can’t find it in my guide – can you help?

Bird ex­pert JO­HAN VAN ROOYEN says: Not­ing a bird’s size is im­por­tant, es­pe­cially if you’re tak­ing a photo for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, like Pieter did here. It’s a male moun­tain wheatear. Their colour­ing is vari­able, but the white rump, white shoul­der and white outer tail feath­ers are char­ac­ter­is­tic. They can also have a white or grey crown.

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