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Unread post by jfthibeau » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:11 pm

Hello everybody ... time to play .... :lol: :lol:

Scopus umbretta

1) English names
2) Zulu name
3) Particularity of the nest
4) Which other animals use their nests
5) What about the superstition caused by this animal ??

.. have a good fun ... :lol:
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:43 pm

1. Hammerkop, Hamerkop, Hammerhead, Hammerhead Stork and Anvilhead.

2. i-Tekwane

3. It uses a tree fork to build a massive haystack-like nest, which can reach 2m across. It lays 3 to 6 eggs in it. This nest is re-used every year. The Hammerkop renovates it and makes it larger. The entrance is at the bottom of the nest.

4. Other storks along the river who don't build their own nests.

5. They call it the lighting bird, and they say it is a rainmaker, the heralder of the thunderstorm and treat it with immense repect.
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Unread post by jfthibeau » Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:58 pm

... correct for 1) 2) and 3) :clap: WAC ...

... I have other and more informations about 4) and 5) ...

... so, a little bit more research .... :lol:
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Unread post by timbo » Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:43 pm

4- Owls???

5- believed to be a sign of very ill omen. The symbol of vanity and
human futility. Symbol of pride.
I try my best and that's what matters I hope.

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Unread post by jfthibeau » Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:58 pm

I complete ...

... 4) Verreaux's Eagle-Owls, Barn Owls, Egyptian Geese, Grey Kestrels and Comb Ducks are among a long list of species that benefit the hospitality of the Hamerkop.
But also snakes, genets and monitor lizards will all use them for sleeping in.

...5) :| ... to be continued ...
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:18 pm

I quote from Prime Origions Guide to Best Birding In Kruger by Brett Hilton-Barber and Lou Arthur:

The Lighting Bird

The Hamerkop is the lighting bird

"People in Africa most often see this bird standing in pools of water, staring intently at its reflection. It is, they say, the one who stands alone, who cannot be pointed at, but who points out wizards and has access to their power. Persued by the wind and the rain, this bird is known as the rainmaker, as a herald of the thunderstorm. The people treat the Hamerkop with elaborate respect, keepng their distance, but watching constantly for omens and portents in its behavior. Their regard is tinged with fear and coloured by the belief that sometimes, perhaps once in many generations, The Lighting Bird takes it upon itself to appear to them in human form."

Lyall Watson, "The Lightning Bird.
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Unread post by jfthibeau » Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:38 pm

.. time to finish ... :D



.. :clap: I totally agree with you WAC ... :lol: ... but

... I have found more informations about the mythology of this bird ... 8) . I don't know if it is true ...

Both the Hottentot and Zulu peoples believe that the hamerkop can foresee who will be next to die, by looking at the person's reflection in the water. According to the Zulu, the bird will fly to the home of a person who is going to die and utter three warning cries. If a hamerkop flies over a person's head it means something bad will happen to him that day. Therefore Zulu people often throw stones at a hamerkop when it flies towards their homes. If a pregnant woman imitates the sound of a hamerkop, it is said her baby will cry incessantly with the same sound. The bird is also linked to witchcraft, since in many stories it is told that it flies around people's homes when something bad has happened. Among the Hottentots, the hamerkop is said to watch for the falling star that prophesies death, which falls above the home of the person about to die.


...so, I give you kindly the next one ... :lol:
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:50 pm

Thats interesting... Thanks JF :D

Elanus caeruleus

1. English name
2. Afrikaans name
3. How much does it eat every day
4. Describe the call

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Unread post by Sonbesie » Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:14 pm

1. Blackshouldered Kite
2. Blouvalk
3. Until he had enough :mrgreen:
4. A soft "Wieeet-wieeet-wieeet"

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:52 pm

:clap: Exept for number 3... It's very interesting, lets see who can find out... :D
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Unread post by jfthibeau » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:11 pm

... usually, two or three mice a day each, sometimes much more .... :wink:
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:35 pm

Yes, but the interesting fact is that that is about 25% of it's own body wieght and has to eat that or more evrey day. 8)

I'm going to have to give the floor to Sonbesie.. :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Sonbesie » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:58 pm

Ploceus olivaceiceps

1. English Name
2. Where are they found?
3. Which type of habitat does it prefer?
4. In which Conservation status category does it fall?

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:42 pm

1. The Olive-headed Weaver
2. It is found in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia.
3. subtropical or tropical dry forests
4. Near Threatened because of habitat loss.
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Unread post by Sonbesie » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:21 am

Well done WAC - I gave some time for anybode else 8) , but you are 100% correct! :clap:

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