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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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Helmeted Guinea Fowl

Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris (Latin Numida = derived from Nubia, a territory in ancient north-east Africa);  meleagris (Greek meleagris = from Meleagra, a mythical Greek hero).  Hanga (Shona);  Pintada da Guine…

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Robin Chat, White Brow

White-browed Robin-Chat

 (Formerly known as "Heuglin's Robin") Cossypha heuglini (Genus: Cossypha = Greek name for the European Blackbird, a singing bird; Species: heuglini = after Theodor von Heuglin (1824-1876),…

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Sparrow - Southern, Grey Headed

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

Scientific Name: Passer diffusus (Genus: passer = Latin sparrow; Species: diffusus = Latin diffuse, extensive, referring to grey-washed head and neck) Shona Name:  I cannot find in my usual sources a…

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Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis (Latin bubulcus = a cowherd;Greek ibis = an ibis [generally, a wading bird]) Kafudzamombe (Shona ka = little, kufudza = to herd, mombe = cattle, i.e. "little herder of cattle") These…

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Pied Crow

Pied Crow

('Pied' means 'coloured in patches of different colours', especially black-and-white.) Scientific name: Corvus albus (Genus Corvidae = Latin 'crow or raven'; species albus = Latin 'white')Shona name: Gunguwo…

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Gabar Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk

Scientific name:  Genus Melierax (from Greek melos = 'song' + hierax = 'hawk'); species Gabar ('gabar' probably of 'Hottentot' origin, though the meaning is uncertain)Shona name: Rukodzi (generic name for small hawk) Sound: http://www.xeno-canto.org/126226…

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