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Black Crake

Black Crake (& bird duets)

Amaurornis flavirostra (amaurornis = Greek: dark, dim or obscure bird; flavirostra = Latin: yellow bill)Nhapata (Shona) Call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0ileMpkzm0 (Black Crake Bird Call Kruger National Park |…

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Red-wing Starling

Red-Wing Starling

Onychognathus morio (Genus: onychognathus, Greek onukhos = a fingernail or claw + gnathos = jaw or mouth i.e. a bill resembling a claw or nail; Species: morio Greek =…

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Tawny Flanked Prinia

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Prinia subflava (Genus: Prinia, Javanese i.e. the name for these birds; Species: subflava, Latin = almost yellow) Timba (Shona - generic for all small cisticolas) …

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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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Pin-tailed Whydah,

Pin-tailed Whydah

(Interestingly, the name 'whydah' is derived from a small town named 'Ouidah' on the coast of the ancient kingdom of 'Whydah'…

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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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