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Bee-eater, European

European Bee-Eater

Merops apiaster (Genus: Merops, Greek = 'bee-eater'; species: apiaster, Latin = 'bee-eater')  Bonganyuchi (Shona: bonga = to pick, nyuchi = bee); other Shona terms: Gamanyuchi, Fukarusheshe, Pfukepfuke  Call:  http://www.xeno-canto.org/280449 These pretty…

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Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Bubo africanus (Genus: Bubo = Latin: an eagle owl, probably onomatopoeic; species: africanus = Latin: from Africa) Zizi (Shona, generic for owls);  Grand-duc africain (French);  Bufo-malhado (Portuguese) Call:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw8tlxj8CMg This…

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Heron, Black-headed

Black-headed Heron

Ardea melanocephala (Genus Ardea: Latin = a heron; species melanocephala: Greek = black head)  Shorechena, nyarupani (Shona);  Heron melanocephale (French);  Garca-de-cabeca-preta (Portuguese) Call:  http://www.xeno-canto.org/200791 Aren't the lines…

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Pair Of Whyte's Barbets

Whyte’s Barbet

Stactolaema whytii  (Genus: Stactolaema = Greek "with drip like marks on the throat"; species whytii = after Alexander Whyte (1834-1905), government naturalist in Nyasaland (Malawi) under…

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Crested Barbet

Crested Barbet

Trachyphonus vaillanti (Trachyphonus: Greek = rough voice; vaillanti: Latin, named after Francois Le Vaillant [1753-1824], "the first ornithologist to visit the Cape [South Africa]",…

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Fiery Necked Nightjar

Fiery-necked Nightjar

Fiery-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis) Caprimulgus (Latin = to milk a goat, from the bird's wide-open mouth and habit of foraging around animal…

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Black-chested Snake Eagle

Circaetus pectoralis: Genus: Circus (Greek = harrier & aetos = eagle); species: pectoralis (Greek = of the breast) Circaete a poitrine noire (French);  Aquia-cobreira-de-peito-preto (Portuguese) Sound: http://www.xeno-canto.org/57552 I saw this very…

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Groundscraper Thrush

Psophocichla litsitsirupa (Latin)Zvichirori (Shona: general name for 'thrush'); Merle litsitsirupa (French); Tordo-de-peito-malhado (Portuguese). http://www.xeno-canto.org/300628 When you are trying to identify a…

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Firefinch, Red-billed

Red-billed Firefinch

Latin: Lagonisticta (Genus: lagonisticta = Greek 'spotted flanks'; species senegala = Latin 'from Senegal') Shona: kandirendire, tondondo;  French: amarante du Senegal; Portuguese: Peito-de-fogo-de-bico-vermelho These very pretty little birds (they're…

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