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Cardinal Woodpecker

Cardinal Woodpecker

Dendropicos fuscescens (dendro, Greek = tree, picos, Greek = pecker; fuscescens, Latin = becoming brown) Hohodza, chingogogo, chigogodza (Shona); Pic cardinal (French); Pica-pau-cardeal (Portuguese)Drumming: http://www.xeno-canto.org/173496Call:  http://www.xeno-canto.org/280247 I have seen…

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African Palm Swift, In Flight

African Palm Swift

Cypsiurus parvus (cypsiurus: from kupselos, Latin = a kind of swallow, plus ouros, Greek = tailed; parvus: Latin = small) Nyenganyenga, mherepere (Shona = swallow, similar to but smaller than a swift); …

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Kurrichane Thrush

Kurrichane Thrush

Turdus libonyana (Genus: Turdus, Latin = thrush; species: lebonyana = a Tswana personal name) Merle kurrichane (French),  Tordo-chicharrio (Portuguese) Alarm call: http://www.xeno-canto.org/311704 ;  Song: http://www.xeno-canto.org/280793 This picture, taken I fancy, in the…

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Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Lanius collurio (Genus: Lanius [Latin = butcher]; species: collurio [Greek = kollyrion, ancient name for a thrush-like bird]) Pie-grieche ecorcheur (French),  Picanco-de-dorso-ruivo (Portuguese) Video (recorded in Burön, near Örnsköldsvik, Ångermanland,…

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Sunbird - Scarlet Chested

Scarlet-Chested Sunbird

Chalcomitra senegalensis (Genus: Chalcomitra, Greek = copper or bronze headband or cap; species: senegalensis, Latin = from Senegal)Dzonya, Tsodzo (Shona: generic), Souimanga a poitrine rouge (French); Beija-flor-de-peito-escarlate (Portuguese) Song: http://www.xeno-canto.org/158287…

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Barn Owl Perched

Barn Owl

Tyto alba (Genus: tyto, Greek = a night owl; species: albinus, Latin = white) Zizi (Shona, generic),  Effraie des clocher (French),  Coruja-das-torres (Portuguese) Call: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barn_Owl/sound (Click on the…

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Bishop Bird

Southern Red Bishop

Euplectes orix (Genus: euplectes, Greek = woven, referring to nests; orix, Greek 'oriza' = rice, presumably referring to habit of feeding in rice-fields)Chikenya (Shona), Euplecte ignicolore(French), Cardeal-tecelao-vermelho(Portuguese)…

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