Africa Wild Bird Book: Comments & Suggestions

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Post by ExFmem » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:29 pm

Paradise-flycatcher on nest (male)

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Female feeding baby

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Post by Toko » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:30 pm

Stunning O\/ O\/ O\/ O\/

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Post by ExFmem » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:33 pm

I saw this was on the list, so will post it, but it is really a BAD pic, so if you wish to not use it I would certainly concur.

African Firefinch

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Post by ExFmem » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:39 pm

Thanks Toko.

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Post by Toko » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:48 pm

-O -O -O though a good pic.

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Post by Dewi » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:56 pm

Some stunning photos ExFmem. \O Thanks for adding them to the book. \O
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Post by ExFmem » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:43 pm

(I feel like I'm hogging this topic. Should I be posting these things elsewhere, or just give it a rest, already !!!)

Sociable Weaver Bird Nests

Pest control system: Wild Everlasting (Helichrysum) contains a neurotoxin (which, by the way, causes blindness and chronic encephalopathy in sheep and goats). The sociable weaver birds use it at the opening of their nests as an insecticide. After construction they pick dried flowers, (so the toxins are even more concentrated), and stick them around the entryways to the individual nests to ward off insects and parasites.

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Post by Mel » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:04 am

You're not hogging anything - we're more than happy that you share your
amazing collection of photos with us!!! Thanks. O0
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Post by Flutterby » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:24 am

Really interesting! Thanks ExFmem!! \O

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Post by Toko » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:29 am

0/* ExFmem

Have added the Crake, Firefinch and Flycatcher [O]

Re Sociaable Weaver - Pygmy Falcon associaction I will do some searching and reading first, I think it is more complex as you have described -O-
ExFmem wrote: 1. the equivalent of a doberman pincher protecting the premises: They allow one of their nests to be occupied by a bird of prey in exchange for its ability to attack and kill predators. This designated nest is conspicuous by the presence of a white substance at its entryway. This is the excrement of the Pygmy Falcon.
This study suggests, the benefit for the falcon is the thermoregulation.
Co-operative breeding in the Pygmy Falcon Polihierax semitorquatus
though there is as yet no evidence that Pygmy Falcons are able successfully to deter snakes
There is also a present study at Tswalu: http://weavers.adu.org.za/newstable.php?id=205

Interesting stuff :shock: :shock: :shock:

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