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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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Eagle, Long-crested

Long-crested Eagle

Lophaetus occipitalis (Genus: Lophaetus = Greek, a crested eagle; species: occipitalis = Latin, of the back of the head) Kondokondo, pfinye (Shona),  Aiglehuppard, (French),  Aquia-de-penacho (Portuguese) Call:  http://www.xeno-canto.org/268792 I have…

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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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