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Ok i seem to be wrong.Thanks candy

a.Sentinal rockthrush
b.Yes. high rolling areas of grass
c.dont know.
d.ants. insects,fruit,seeds.

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Here the answers:
a. Identify this bird.
Sentinel rock thrush
b. Is this bird endemic to south Africa? Discuss the preferred habitat.
Yes. It is characteristic of temperate and montane grasslands.
c. Discuss the behaviour of the male when the female is perched on her nest.
When the female attends to the nesting duties, the male perches himself on a prominent rocks near the nest area and utters a song frequently, thereby alerting the female to approach of any potential danger.
d. Discuss the feeding behaviour of this bird and on what it feeds.
This bird forages on the ground among grass tufts and feeds predominantly on a variety of insects and insect larvae.
e. Discuss the breeding biology of this bird.
Breeds in summer, mainly during October and November. The nest is bulky cup of dry grass stems, shreds and rootlets, lined with finer pieces of same material tucked under a stone or boulder. It is usually well hidden.

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a. Identify this bird
b. Where do they nest? Describe the nest.
c. Describe the habitat of this bird.
d. When do they breed? Describe the eggs.
e. Is this bird solitary?
f. What bird is it often confused with?
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Hehe this is just harsh... But I'm going to say:

a) Tropical BouBou
b) 3m above ground in fork of tree or bush not always well hidden. Nest is a shallow thin-walled bowl of twigs, tendris and roots, lined with fine fibres.
c) Riverine forest, thickets on termite mounds, forest edge, gardens, usually near water.
d) Season: All months (mainly September-January) in Zimbabwe. Eggs: Blue-green to greenishbuff, spotted with brown and lilac.
e) No
f) Souhern Boubou / Swamp Boubou / Fiscal Shrike (from personal experiences :wink: )

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:clap: well done CS. I thought maybe that would be a hard one :)

Answers:
a. Identify this bird
Tropical boubou
b. Where do they nest? Describe the nest.
They nest in bushes or small trees. The nest is a shallow cup constructed of petioles, roots and tendrils and lined with finer rootlets.
c. Describe the habitat of this bird.It occurs in dense thickets in woodland and riverine forest, and commonly in gardens.
d. When do they breed? Describe the eggs.It breeds between September and February and lay between 2-3 eggs. The eggs are variable in colour but usually pale greenish blue with lilac, brown and grey spots and speckles. They are approx 25*18 mm in size.
e. Is this bird solitary?These birds mostly occur in pairs.
f. What bird is it often confused with?
Swamp boubou.

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a. Id this bird
b. Why does this bird often build its nest near wasps nests?
c. Describe the eggs and the nest.
d. Describe how the male behaves in courtship?
e. Describe the feeding behaviour and on what it feeds. :D

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ok im not that good at this but here goes.

a. Blue waxbill
b. Dont know
c. eggs-white,measure 14,4x10,8
d. Holds piece of straw in his mouth and bobs up and down singing.
e. often hawks insect.

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I agree with timbo :D
Think it builds near wasp's nests to keep invaders away :?


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HEy freda and timbo..
Looks like you getting the hand of this :dance: I'll agree with timbo and freda..

c) Nest: ball of dry grass stems, with side entrance about 3cm diameter, lined with fine grass and feathers.
e) Diet: seeds and insects.
Forages on ground and sometimes hawks insects in flight.

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:clap: Knew you'd all get that one.

answers:
a. Id this bird
Blue waxbill
b. Why does this bird often build its nest near wasps nests?
It is believed that this is a defence strategy to keep predators at bay.
c. Describe the eggs and the nest.
The eggs are white and about 14*11 mm in size. About 3-5 eggs are laid in the nest. The nest is spherical, made of grass and has a side entrance. It is usually placed in a thorny bush hear the ground.
d. Describe how the male behaves in courtship?
He holds a piece of straw in his bill, while singing and bouncing up and down.
e. Describe the feeding behaviour and on what it feeds.
Usually feeds on the ground and feeds on insects, seeds, and termites.

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a. Identify this bird
b. Describe the habitat.
c. From what does this bird get its name?
d. Does this bird use the same nest for breeding every year, or does it build new? Describe the nest.
e. What is so special about the wing shape?
f. What behaviour does this bird exhibit when hunting?

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a. jackal buzzard
b. mountenious regions
c. The jackal call he gets
d. Yes

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Hunts mainly in flight but sometimes uses the wind to hover. Sometimes walks to take roadkill.


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Ahh.. We work so well as a team :wink:
Agree with timbo and Freda,
d) Nest: Bulky pile of sticks, 60-70cm in diameter, 35cm deep, leaf-lined bowl about 20cm diameter. Usualy on ledge but also found in trees especially pines.
e) Gives it ability to glide for long periods.
f) Hunts by stopping in flight or gliding from perch.

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Candy's Style wrote:
Ahh.. We work so well as a team :wink:

It's great and I am learning so much, thanks folks :D


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What a team :clap:

answers:
a. Identify this bird
Jackal buzzard
b. Describe the habitat.
Mountainous and hilly country. It occurs at all altitudes.
c. From what does this bird get its name?
The name jackal buzzard is derived from the call of the bird, which sounds like the barking of a jackal.
d. Does this bird use the same nest for breeding every year, or does it build new? Describe the nest.
The nest is reused for many successive years, and is continuously lined with fresh green leaves.
e. What is so special about the wing shape?
The wish shape seems adapted specifically for flight in hilly situations. It is very broad and, when fully fanned, forms a continuous surface with the tail.
f. What behaviour does this bird exhibit when hunting?
The bird has a habit of hanging suspended in the air, just above the crest of a hill or the edge of a scarp, keeping its position in the air with scarcely a movement of the wings. Most hunting is done in this way.

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(WILLEM FROST,http://calphotos.berkeley.edu)
• Identify this bird.
• What is different about this bird compared to the rest of the family?
• Discuss what this bird feeds on and how it feeds.
• Discuss the breeding biology of this bird
• What’s the first thing that indicates to one that this bird is in the vicinity?

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-Bennett's Woodpecker
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-Highly terrestrial in its search for food, but also forages on low trunks and larger limbs of trees. Often accompanies glossy starlings (Lamprotornis) when foraging. Diet includes mainly ants, termites, and their larvae and pupae, but also other arthropods.
-Monogamous. Breeds from August to February, with nesting peaking in October and November .Nests are often in open areas and often in cavities excavated by other species. Clutch size 2–5 eggs; incubation lasts 15–18 days; parental duties carried out by both parents. Nest cavities may be reused.
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Agree with katy.

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