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Paradise Flycatcher - Pair

African Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone viridis (Genus: Terpsiphone, Greek = delightful voice; Species, viridis, Latin = green - presumably because of the greenish-tinged head) Kateredemu, zvigone (Shona),  Tchitrec d'Afrique(French),…

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Miombo Double-collared Sunbird

Miombo Double-collared Sunbird

Cinnyris manoensis (Genus: Cinnyris, Greek cinnyris = shining; Species: manoensis = place name, Mano, in SW Tanzania; "miombo" is the name of a certain kind of savanna vegetation…

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Lizard Buzzard

Lizard Buzzard

Lizard BuzzardKaupifalco monogrammicus (Genus: Kaupifalco, after Johann Jakob von Kaup [1803-1873], German zoologist and author; Species: monogrammicus, Latin = mono, single; grammicus = mark i.e. with a single mark, signed,…

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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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