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A synopsis of the spread of Common Mynas in Namibia, Lanioturdus V57 No1

by Neil Thomson

Of late there have been several sightings of Common Mynas in Namibia, many in new areas indicating that this invasive alien species is spreading rapidly in parts of the country. These sightings have invoked a chorus Read more

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Notes on eagles and vultures in Namibia, Lanioturdus 56.2

by Peter Bridgeford

These observations were made by rangers working in various parts of Namibia. They have been lying in a file for many years and during a spring-cleaning while in quarantine because of the dreaded Covid, I found Read more

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Birds in Art: Black-necked Grebe, The Lark 45

by Willem van der Merwe

Our featured bird of the day is a Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis. In America, it is sometimes called the Eared Grebe. It is related to the Great Crested Grebe, which was featured here Read more

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Birds in Hand: Ageing and sexing of Rosy-faced Lovebirds Agapornis roseicellos in Namibia, Lanioturdus 56.1

by Ursula Bryson

In a discussion with another bird ringer the question arose, how to determine the gender and age of Rosy-faced Lovebirds. Breeders can rely on genetic testing to determine the sex of Rosy-faced Lovebirds, but bird ringers? Read more

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Rarities and Interesting Sightings, Lanioturdus 55_4

by Neil Thomson

Swakopmund’s resident Black Sparrowhawk was photographed by Anton Jooste on 16 August 2022. An undated report from Anton Jooste mentioned the presence of a pair of Lizard Buzzards at Rössing mine.One of these birds was injured Read more

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Axel Wilhelm Eriksson: A reconstructed “diary” of his life in southern Africa with emphasis on his bird collection, Lanioturdus 55.2

by Eckart Demasius

The orange shaded area in the north of Namibia is indicated as the range for capelli. However, this is not a subspecies that has been recorded in Namibia for a very long time, which makes Read more

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Axel Wilhelm: A reconstructed “diary” of his life in southern Africa with emphasis on his bird collection, Lanioturdus 55.1

by Eckart Demasius

Another good find was a Jackal Buzzard collected on 20 February 1877, not unusual for Namibia, but at Omaruru it would be uncommon.

The fifth unusual bird in the collection is a Broad-billed Roller, which Eriksson Read more

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Observations at a Black-headed Oriole nest, The Lark 41

by Derek Engelbrecht

It’s always exciting finding an active nest. On the 6th of February 2022 (Day 1 of observations), I came across an active Black-headed Oriole nest in Polokwane, and for the next 18 days, I managed to Read more

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Notes on the breeding of Ashy Tit, The Lark 39

by Derek Engelbrecht

African parids (tits) are relatively poorly known compared to their northern hemisphere relatives. Most of our knowledge of this fascinating group of birds in Africa stems from studies on Southern Black Tit by Tarbot- on (1981), Read more

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Growth and development of Arrow-marked Babbler nestlings, The Lark 38

by Derek Engelbrecht

The harsh nasal chatter of Arrow-marked Babblers is as distinct as it is a familiar sound in the mesic woodlands of southern, central and eastern Africa. They are highly social cooperative breeders living in groups ranging Read more

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