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African Finfoot

The Bird of the Month is the African Finfoot or Watertrapper, (Podica senegalensis). This is a very rare and vulnerable bird species.  The Afrikaans name for the African Finfoot is "Watertrapper".  

African-Finfoot

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Barn Owl

Bird of the month is the Barn Owl (Tyto alba). 

Barn Owl

(Photographed by Eris Stockenstroom, Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy)

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Blackcollared Barbet

Bird of the month is the Blackcollared Barbet (Lybius torquatus).

Blackcollared Barbet (Lybius torquatus)

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Blacknecked Heron

Bird of the month is the Blacknecked Heron (Tardea melanocephala).

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Blacksmith Plover

Bird of the month is the Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus).

Blacksmith Plover

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Blue Crane

Bird of the month: The vulnerable Blue crane (Antropoides paradiseus).
Blue Crane

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Blue Waxbill

Bird of the Month is the Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis)

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Brown-hooded Kingfisher

April’s bird of the month is the Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris).

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

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Cape Vulture

August's bird of the month is theCape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres)

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Cattle Egret

Bird of the Month is the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) or umLinda-nkomo (Zulu).

Cattle Egret

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Crested Barbet

Bird of the month is the Crested Barbet, Trachyphonus vaillantii  or Kuifkophoutkapper in Afrikaans. 

Crested Barbet - photograph courtesy of Operation Wildflower

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Forktailed Drongo

Bird of the month is the Forktailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis).

Forktailed drongo

Forktailed Drongo photographed by Gavin Orbel. Note the forked tail!

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Grey Hornbill

Bird of the month is the Grey Hornbill (Tockus nasutus). 

Grey hornbill

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Ground Hornbill

Bird of the month is the Ground Hornbill

Colouring: Bare parts: iris brown to red-brown; bill black, cream wedge-shaped patch on upper jaw, diagonal white ridges on lower jaw, tip of upper jaw reddish, base creamy yellow, tip of lower jaw reddish, rest black with diagonal white ridges; gular skin dark grey, light green; legs and feet black, soles white. Generally dull greyish above and on throat and breast; rest of underparts whitish; tail brownish, tipped white.

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Groundscraper Thrush

Bird of the month is the Groundscraper Thrush (Turdus litsitsirupa) or Nwadlodlomam (Tswana).

Groundscraper Thrush - Photographed by Eric Stockenstroom

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Halfcollared Kingfisher

Bird of the Month is the Halfcollared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquada).

This rare bird species has been sighted by some of members with riverfront properties on the Magalies River, and elsewhere, on a number of occasions. Anyone in the Oori, or along the Jukskei, Hennops or Crocodile Rivers have a similar experience?

Halfcollared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquada)

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Paradise Flycatcher

Bird of the month is the Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis).

Paradise Flycatcher

Photograph by Alex Delides of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy

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Redbilled Woodhoopoe

Bird of the month is the Redbilled Woodhoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)

redbilled-woodhoopoe

Photographs courtesy of Annette Raaff.

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Speckled Mousebird

Bird of the month is the Speckled Mousebird or Colius striatus.

424-Speckled-Mousebird

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