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Blue Waxbill - Male

Blue Waxbill

Scientific name: Genus Uraeginthus (Greek = like a finch) Species angolensis (Latin = from Angola)Shona names: Kasiisii, kadhiidhii, chisiisii, katstiitsii (all these names sound onomatopieic, reflecting the…

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Abdim Stork

Abdim’s Stork

Ciconia abdimii (Ciconia Latin = Stork: abdimii after El Ernaut Abdimm Bey, Egyptian Governor of the Wadi Halfa area of Sudan 1821-1825); Shuramurove (Shona = generic name…

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Arrow Marked Babbler

Arrow-marked Babbler

Genus Turdoides (Latin = 'thrush-like', 'like a thrush' i.e. another type of bird) species jardineii (named after Sir William Jardine) Shona: Dywedywe or hochahocha.  (Both of these sound…

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Hamerkop

Hamerkop

Hamerkop (from the Afrikaans for "hammer-head"); Scopus umbretta (Genus Scopus (Latin = a broom or brush, alluding to the bird's crest OR Greek =…

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Southern Masked Weaver

Southern Masked Weaver

Scientific Name: Ploceusvelatus   (Genus:  ploceus  [Greek = weaver]; species:  velatus [Latin = masked]); Shona Names: Jesa, Nzvidya, Dombwa; Other Names: Tisserin à tête…

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Dark-capped Bulbul

Dark-Capped Bulbul

Dark-capped Bulbul, formerly known as the Black-eyed Bulbul.  (In Southern Africa , it is also often called by its Afrikaans nick-name, which…

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Sunbird, Yellow Bellied

Yellow-bellied Sunbird

Yellow-bellied Sunbird (a.k.a. Variable Sunbird)   Cinnyrus (Greek = shining)  Venustus  (Latin = beautiful, charming or graceful); [Family Name = Nectariniidae, eaters of nectar] (A…

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Red Billed Wood Hoopoe - Thumbnail

Red-billed Wood Hoopoe

 Phoeniculus purpureus (Greek: phoen- = red, -iculus = billed; Latin: purpureus = purple, referring to the iridescence) Shona: Shavi-shavi OR haya - according to Dale's dictionary.  According to Hannan's…

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Turtledove, Cape

Cape Turtle Dove

Latin: Streptopelia capicola (streptopelia = Greek 'a collared dove'; capicola = Latin 'an inhabitant of the Cape')Shona: Njiva (generic name for doves) Call: http://www.xeno-canto.org/382937 There are two doves we…

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Dove, Laughing

Laughing Dove

Latin:  Streptopelia senegalensis  (streptopelia = a collared dove; senegalensis = from Senegal) Shona:  Njiva. This is a very common bird around us,…

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