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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: 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

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

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

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

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

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 73

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 412

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

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

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

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

List of South African Birds

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