The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Bokmakierie

Afrikaans name: Bokmakierie

Bokmakierie

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Telophorus zeylonus

The Bokmakierie is an attractive bird that is endemic to southern Africa. It is mainly found in South Africa, as well as Namibia, but there are some in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

They reach a length of 22 cm or so and male and female are similar in size and colouration.

The Bokmakierie belongs to the Bushshrike family which is related to the true Shrikes. The Bushshrikes tend to skulk around in cover while the true Shrikes hunt from exposed perches.

The call of the Bokmakierie is beautiful and often gives away the presence of these birds.

Bokmakieries feed on insects, frogs and small reptiles and birds.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 172

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 64

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 62

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 306

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 191

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 42

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 140

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 396

Shrikes of Southern Africa - Author: Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott - Published: 0 - Page: 172

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 362

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 655

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 653

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 511

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 501

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 380

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 92

Know your Garden Birds - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 36

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 96

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 380

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 282

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 114

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 73

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 80

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 72

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 109

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 234

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 199

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 101

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 194

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 252

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 49

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 49

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 269


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