Bateleur space – 10,000 Birds


Bateleur is a really small camp within the Kruger Park – a bit distant, however value visiting. The one chicken I didn’t see right here, nevertheless, was the Bateleur Eagle …

One spotlight within the space is the Saddle-billed Stork, prone to be the tallest species within the stork household.

This chicken is represented in an historic Egyptian hieroglyph. To be able to keep away from violating any copyright, I redrew this from a web-based supply. So, if an historic Egyptian scribe received drunk, then set to work early the following day and needed to document a Saddle-billed Stork, the consequence from his still-shaky fingers would have seemed one thing like this:

Presumably, then he would have gotten fired.

Anyway, this factors to an fascinating reality –  as lately as about 4,500 years in the past, it was discovered within the Egyptian Nile Delta. Nonetheless,  its vary then declined because the local weather received more and more arid, and the image appeared much less and fewer ceaselessly. Habitat loss, as documented by hieroglyphs.

Wikipedia additionally has an fascinating paragraph hinting at statement bias in ornithologists: “On the continental scale, saddle-billed storks most well-liked protected areas which have a better extent of open water in comparison with areas with out the storks. A few of these developments might, nevertheless, be as a result of a bias in protection by ornithologists of safer areas similar to nationwide parks and guarded swamps that afford simpler accessibility and comforts.”

I noticed them feeding with a number of different fascinating birds (and I don’t imply the Egyptian Goose) – African Spoonbill and Yellow-billed Stork.

The African Spoonbill is without doubt one of the six world spoonbill species, and the principle African one (there are additionally some Eurasian Spoonbills in Africa). Europe has one species (Eurasian Spoonbill), the Americas have one (Roseate Spoonbill), Australia two (Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbill), and Asia has two as effectively (Eurasian and Black-faced Spoonbill).

The German identify of the Yellow-billed Stork is Nimmersatt, which interprets as “Glutton” or “By no means full”.

Wikipedia explains the identify: “Mother and father feed their younger by regurgitating fish onto the nest flooring, whereupon it’s picked up and consumed by the nestlings. The younger eat voraciously and a person nestling will increase its physique weight from 50 grams to 600 grams through the first ten days of its life. Therefore, this species has earned the German colloquial frequent identify “Nimmersatt”; which means “by no means full”.

One other member of the stork household, the African Openbill, appears like it’s may benefit from a great orthodontist. The invoice hole is non-existent in juvenile birds and develops because the chicken ages (Wikipedia) – well timed intervention may due to this fact be extremely efficient.

The Latin species identify lamigellerus is a Latin phrase for ‘a small, skinny, steel plate’ which refers back to the flattened feather shafts, particularly on the underparts. Can’t say that it’s a significantly apparent identify from seeing the chicken.

Weblog readers sharing their home with a loud teenager might take into account changing her or him with a Brown-headed Parrot, given this assertion on a pet web site: “Brown-Headed Parrot boasts one other very fascinating trait – these are very quiet parrots! Due to their pleasant and calm character, they don’t have a necessity to specific themselves vocally like another parrot species. They’re nice for residence settings. “

The food regimen contains seeds, nuts, and nectar. No medicine.

Whereas the species is listed as Least Concern, there are some papers suggesting it might not be as frequent as assumed, at the very least in South Africa. This was an disagreeable shock for a Ph.D. pupil who initially thought that “all that was required was a cushty subject website the place I may research the birds” however then ” “started to suspect that the sphere guides have been possibly being barely economical with the reality”.

(He did get his thesis ultimately, and it’s out there on-line).

The Latin species identify is cryptoxanthus, “hidden yellow”, apparently for its yellow underwing-coverts that are nearly by no means seen (besides possibly a bit of bit on the photograph under). Intelligent to make use of that for the identify then …

If you wish to flatter a Blue Waxbill, you should use name it by its barely pompous different identify, “Blue-breasted Cordon-bleu”.

Apparently, the Blue Waxbill typically builds its nest near stinging wasps. The lively colonies of wasps are environment friendly safety in opposition to primates and enormous avian predators. The profit for the wasps is that they get to maintain an exquisite pet.

Throughout the entire journey, I solely noticed the Secretarybird twice, and solely on one event received (not superb) pictures. However that is too fascinating a chicken to not present.

Even the normally reasonably dour HBW begins the species entry with an excited “The Secretarybird is an iconic member of sub-Saharan savanna habitats”.

And it’s in a household of its personal. And sadly, it’s listed as Endangered.

The Marabu Stork undoubtedly has a face that solely a mom may love. And I don’t even wish to take into consideration which a part of an previous man’s anatomy the throat pouch jogs my memory of. Nonetheless, that’s onerous to do when studying that the pouch is utilized in courtship rituals.

The Natal Spurfowl forages on rhinoceros and elephant dung (HBW) and does so with out complaining. Give it some thought whenever you really feel onerous carried out by life.

Because the world’s largest residing chicken, the Ostrich is the subject of many extraordinary scientific papers.

Listed here are just a few examples:

The Ostrich Communal Nesting System

Medicinal and industrial makes use of of ostrich merchandise in Tanzania

Preliminary Examine of Slaughter Worth and Meat Traits of 18 Months Ostrich Reared in Hungary

Research on bettering ostrich egg hatchability

Ostrich Eggshell as an Different Supply of Calcium Ions for Biomaterials Synthesis

Ostriches originated in Asia

Ostrich business in Egypt

Ostrich Antibody and Its Utility to Pores and skin Ailments, a Assessment and Case Report

Ostrich Eggshell Beads Reveal 50,000-12 months-old Social Community Throughout Africa

Examine on bio-inspired ft primarily based on the cushioning and shock absorption traits of the ostrich foot

Ostrich farming – A assessment and feasibility research of alternatives within the EU

Sleep in ostrich chicks

Decreasing Mortality Charges in Ostrich Chicks

and the very topical

Scientists use ostrich cells to create masks that glow once they detect COVID-19

Additionally, I discovered that within the US, ostrich eggs are priced at $40-$75. Every contemporary egg weighs 4 kilos and is the equal of 24 hen eggs. 

I’m displaying some pictures of the Crested Barbet simply to have the ability to use a citation from a e book by Joe Ide (The Goodbye Coast): “For no obvious purpose, he was carrying a hideous Hawaiian shirt. It seemed like a household of parrots have been making an attempt to kill one another”.

The Black-backed Puffback has what eBird describes as “a fiery purple eye”.

eBird additionally explains the identify: “When excited, males can increase fluffy white feathers on the rump to resemble a puffball.”

White-fronted Bee-eaters have an fascinating social life, as described by ranger Kirst Joscelyne (who I think of secretly studying steamy romance novels in her spare time):

“A colony of them consists of 2-6 households that every one have shut ties to one another. Every of those ‘households’ consists of a single mating pair and 1-5 ‘helpers’ who help in elevating the younger. Collectively these household teams kind a clan and the clans defend this territory from different neighboring clans. The helper birds play an essential function within the survival of the chicks in addition to aiding in excavating an acceptable cavity for the breeding pair. Nonetheless, these glad households aren’t all what they appear. So as to add a little bit of scandal to the story a number of the extra skilled brood helpers do typically unsuspectingly mate with the breeding feminine. This affair is additional perpetuated by the feminine typically laying these eggs from one other male in one other white-fronted bee-eaters nest. This sultry affair outcomes on this tight-knit colony being undoubtedly a complete lot nearer than they suppose…”

In a research carried out in 1977, Goliath Herons have been discovered to give attention to capturing massive fish weighing about 500-600 g – one thing the authors describe as “jackpot technique”. Goliath Herons captured a median of solely 2.3 fish per day, equal to about 23-34% of their physique weight.

Regardless of being the largest herons with a formidable peak of greater than 1.5 meters, they nonetheless misplaced a few of their prey to Fish Eagles.

The Larger Blue-eared Starling is without doubt one of the many attractive-looking starlings in Africa. The Latin identify chalybaeus, “steely”, doesn’t appear incorrect however doesn’t absolutely seize the great thing about this chicken both.

Leaving Bateleur, one passes by the equal of used automobile sellers on the outskirts of US American cities.



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