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BUSH FACTS #27 – ARROW MARKED BABBLER

Overview

Welcome to the 27th edition of Shalati’s Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the Arrow Marked Babbler. The Arrow Marked Babbler is one of our more vocal residents on Shakati Private Game Reserve.

 

Name

Arrow Marked Babbler (23)

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BUSH FACTS #26 – SEPTEMBER 2017 SPRING GARDEN BIRDS

Overview

Welcome to the 26th edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this special spring edition, we will be looking at some of the spring birds found in our garden. Spring is a time of new life and new possibilities, and we would like to share with you some of the exciting sightings in our garden during September 2017.

 

A Quick Snack

Our garden is a great source of food for birds, and is a popular spot for a “quick snack” in the form of berries and insects. Some of the fast-food seeker birds in our garden are listed here

The Arrow Marked Babbler is a very vocal visitor to our garden, and likes to show off its “catch of the day”:

Arrow Marked Babbler (1)

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BUSH FACTS #25 – PEARL SPOTTED OWLET

Overview

Welcome to the 25th edition of Shalati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be looking at the Pearl Spotted Owlet. There is resident breeding pairs on Shakati, and is regularly seen in the tress. This article contains some interesting facts about this owl.

 

Name

Pearl - Spotted Owlet (6)

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BUSH FACTS #23 – COQUI FRANCOLIN

Overview

Welcome to the 23rd edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Coqui Francolin. If you stand still for long enough in the bush, you will see the bush come alive. And if you are really lucky, you will see the elusive Coqui Francolin.

Name

Coqui Francolin (11)

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BUSH FACTS #22 – AFRICAN GREY HORNBILL

Overview

Welcome to the 22nd edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the African Grey Hornbill. Its distinctive call makes the bush seems alive with sound, and thus makes it one of the most sought after birds at Shakati Private Game Reserve. The African Grey Hornbill is a very frequent visitor to Shakati.

You can usually hear the African Grey Hornbill by its piping pee-o pee-o pee-o call.

 

Name

African Grey Hornbill (19)

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BUSH FACTS #21 – BIRDING HOTSPOTS

Overview

Welcome to the 21st edition of Shakati Bush facts. In this special edition we will be sharing exciting news, and share where are the most popular birding sites on Shakati.

 

Inclusion in Birdlife South Africa

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It is with great pride that we announce that Shakati has been included into Birdlife South Africa’s birder friendly establishments.

Shakati is now visible on the Birder Friendly Establishment website.

http://birdlife.org.za/gobirding/birder-friendly-establishments/item/386#shakati-private-game-reserve

This means that Shakati has been recognized in its efforts into Birdlife Conservation

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BUSH FACTS #20 – FIERY NECKED NIGHTJAR

Overview

Welcome to the Twentieth edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on one of our feathered night friends – the Fiery Necked Nightjar. It’s distinctive and frequently uttered call is rendered as ‘good-lord-deliver-us’, and thus makes one of the most beautiful night sounds at Shakati.

 

Name

The Fiery Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis) is identified in Robert’s 7th edition: bird number 405 and commonly known by the following names:

Afrikaanse naguil [Afrikaans]; Udebeza [Xhosa]; uZavolo (also applied to European nightjar) [Zulu]; Rumbamba (generic term for nightjar) [Kwangali]; Leuwauwe [North Sotho]; Datiwa (generic name for nightjar) [Shona]; Malwelwe (generic term for nightjar) [Swazi]; Kubhasti (generic term for nightjar) [Tsonga]; Leubauba, Mmapheke, Tshogwi (all 3 are generic terms for nightjar) [Tswana]; Roesthalsnachtzwaluw [Dutch]; Engoulevent musicien [French]; Rotnacken-nachtschwalbe [German]; Noitibó-de-pescoço-dourado [Portuguese]

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BUSH FACTS #19 – SOUTHERN YELLOW-BILLED HORNBILL

Overview

Welcome to the nineteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill.

Name

The Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) is known by several names, which includes:

Geelbekneushoringvoël [Afrikaans]; Suidelike geelbekneushoringvoël [Afrikaans]; Rukoko (generic term for hornbills with red or yellow bills) [Kwangali]; Goto, Hoto (generic names for hornbill) [Shona]; Nkorho (generic term for smaller hornbills) [Tsonga]; Kôrwê [Tswana]; Geelsnaveltok [Dutch]; Calao leucomèle [French]; Gelbschnabeltoko [German]; Calau-de-bico-amarelo [Portuguese]

Robertson’s Bird ID: 459

Identification

Hornbill - Identification

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BUSH FACTS #18 – GIRAFFE’S

Overview

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on our famous Giraffes. Giraffes are fascinating animals due to its massive size, and in this article we will shed some light on some of the details around them.

 

Where does the name Giraffe come from?

The Giraffe name was first used in Arabia and comes from the word zarāfah meaning fast-walker. The Italians used the name giraffe around 1590s and the English name was used from around 1600 and were derived from Camelopard which were a combination of Greek words meaning camel and leopard.

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