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Kurrichane Thrush

Kurrichane Thrush

Turdus libonyana (Genus: Turdus, Latin = thrush; species: lebonyana = a Tswana personal name) Merle kurrichane (French),  Tordo-chicharrio (Portuguese) Alarm call: http://www.xeno-canto.org/311704 ;  Song: http://www.xeno-canto.org/280793 This picture, taken I fancy, in the…

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Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Lanius collurio (Genus: Lanius [Latin = butcher]; species: collurio [Greek = kollyrion, ancient name for a thrush-like bird]) Pie-grieche ecorcheur (French),  Picanco-de-dorso-ruivo (Portuguese) Video (recorded in Burön, near Örnsköldsvik, Ångermanland,…

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Sunbird - Scarlet Chested

Scarlet-Chested Sunbird

Chalcomitra senegalensis (Genus: Chalcomitra, Greek = copper or bronze headband or cap; species: senegalensis, Latin = from Senegal)Dzonya, Tsodzo (Shona: generic), Souimanga a poitrine rouge (French); Beija-flor-de-peito-escarlate (Portuguese) Song: http://www.xeno-canto.org/158287…

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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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Bat-eared Fox

Bat-Eared Fox

OrderFamilyGenusSpeciesCarnivoraCanidaeOtocyonmegalotis The only representative of the genus “Otocyon” Origin of scientific name From the Greek Otus = ear & cyon = dog and then…

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The Small Five

Introduction Most people come to Africa expecting or hoping to see The Big Five - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.…

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Village Indigo Bird

Village Indigobird

Vidua Chalybeata (Genus: vidua, Latin = widow, referring to black plumage used for mourning, or the long tail in some species which is…

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