Dinosaur of the week: Water Thick-Knee

This Burhinus vermiculatus and his/her big companion made their home in Hlane National Park in Swaziland. Many thanks to members of http://www.birdforum.net/forum.php for helping me with the ID.


Dinosaur of the week: Bearded Woodpecker

This female Chloropicus namaquus was feeding on some kind of insect in Hlane National Park, a few years ago. The species is also called Thripias namaquus or Dendropicos namaquus – taxonomy can be a minefield.

Dinosaur of the week: Cape Starling

cape-starlingThis Lamprotornis nitens was a curious little fellow in Hlane National Park, Swaziland. It’s also called a red-shouldered glossy-starling or Cape glossy starling. At first, I confused this species with Burchell’s Starling, but they have brown eyes, not yellow ones.

Apparently, the Cape Starling is able to see in the UV-spectrum and can therefore recognize different grades of ripeness of fruit.

Dinosaur of the week: Ostrich

ostrichI met this Struthio camelus a few years ago in Swaziland.

The subspecies Struthio camelus syriacus became extinct around 1966.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabian_ostrich: ‘The widespread introduction of firearms and, later, motor vehicles marked the start of the decline towards extinction of this subspecies.’