Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Birds from Southern Africa


Another beautiful card from Missus Emm, this one showing the wonderful birds that can be found there.

On the left, a guinea fowl, a beautiful bird looking very like the guinea fowl we have in the UK.  According to Wikipedia, they are indeed the same but they originated in Africa.  Also known as "pintade" in France - I know that much from menus. :)

On the left, I'm guessing that's an eagle at the top and ostriches in the middle.  The bottom picture has sent me on a long trail to try to find out what it is, and it turns out to be the lilac breasted roller bird, Coracias caudatus.  So there you have it.  Personally I think it deserves a more colourful name to go with its colourful feathers.
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6 comments:

  1. Really looks like birds we have here in NC. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Hope you are having a great week.

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  2. the bird on the left looks just like the bird that my dad is taking care of at home.

    we call them bing-gala...

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  3. Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog. It is much appreciated.
    Karen

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  4. What a gorgeous bird is that lilac-breasted roller! Odd name, wonder why it's called roller. The guinea fowl is also lovely. :)

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  5. Oh no! Don't tell me people eat my favourite bird! :( It is possible the bird at the top could be a fish eagle - they have the most amazing life-affirming cry.

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  6. Well, that's quite a collection...I guess they are good eating as you mention seeing them on menus.

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