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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Mopane Tree, Zimbabwe Flora

Mopane

Anyone who has walked in Mopane country will remember the heat, the dry watercourses, the mopane bees around eyes and go-away…

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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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