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Blue-naped Mousebird
2007-10-24 13:32:16

The Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus), is a bird found in the drier regions of eastern Africa. It is sometimes called the "Blue-naped Coly". The Blue-naped Mousebird is about 13-14 inches in length. It has a crested head, turquoise-blue nape patch and black-and-red bill, and slender tail. The young lack the blue on the nape, and have pink facial skin and greenish bills.

Speckled Mousebird
2007-10-24 13:30:42

The Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus), is the largest species of mousebird, as well as the most common. It is distributed from Cameroon east to Eritrea and Ethiopia, south through eastern Africa to southern South Africa. Most habitats are suitable for this species, except the rainforests and more arid areas. This mousebird prefers open bushveld* habitats. It is widespread in savanna and open...

Giant Pangolin
2007-10-24 12:34:20

The Giant Pangolin (Manis gigantea), is a species of pangolin. The Giant Pangolin inhabits Africa with a range stretching along the Equator from West Africa to Uganda. It is found mainly in savanna, rainforest, and forest, where there is a large termite population and available water. It does not inhabit high altitude areas. The Giant Pangolin is the largest species of pangolin (scaly...

Ground Pangolin
2007-10-23 16:39:46

The Ground Pangolin (Manis temminckii), also known as Temminck's Pangolin or the Cape Pangolin, is one of four species of pangolin which can be found in Africa. They are the only one found in southern and eastern Africa. Although it is present over quite a large area, it is rare throughout it and notoriously difficult to spot. Its scarcity is partly because it is hunted by humans for its...

Gerenuks
2007-10-23 15:32:51

Gerenuks (Litocranius walleri), are a type of antelope or gazelle with remarkably long necks that are found in East Africa. It is also known as Waller's Gazelle. The word gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning "Giraffe-necked". Gerenuks eat leaves and shoots from trees and tall bushes by standing on their hind legs and stretching out their long necks. They will also eat buds, flowers,...

Kob
2007-10-23 14:28:33

The Kob (Kobus kob), is a species of antelope found across Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Sudan. Found along the Northern Savanna, often seen in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda; Garamba and Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as grassy floodplains of Southern Sudan. Kob stand 27.5 to 39.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 175...

Rhim Gazelle Slender-horned Gazelle or the Sand Gazelle
2007-10-23 14:00:57

The Rhim Gazelle (Gazella leptoceros), also known as the Slender-horned Gazelle or the Sand Gazelle, is a slender gazelle, most adapted to desert life. The Rhim Gazelle is found in isolated pockets across the central Sahara Desert. The extreme heat of this environment limits their feeding to the early morning and evening and it gains most of its water requirements from dew and plant moisture,...

African Striped Weasel
2007-10-23 13:58:02

The African Striped Weasel (Poecilogale albinucha), is the only member in the genus Poecilogale. It is a small black and white weasel native to sub-Saharan Africa. The African striped weasel lives in forests, wetlands, and grasslands. It is a nocturnal hunter of small mammals, birds, and reptiles. The weasel kills its prey by whipping its own body and kicking, making use of its thin, lithe,...

Sitatunga Marshbuck
2007-10-23 13:55:53

The Sitatunga or Marshbuck (Tragelaphus spekeii), is a swamp-dwelling antelope found throughout Central Africa centering on the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Botswana and in Zambia. Sitatunga live in papyrus swamps and are very good swimmers. They may take to the water to evade predators such as leopards or wild dogs, lying submerged in pools with only their nostrils above the surface....

Lechwe
2007-10-23 13:48:48

The Lechwe (Kobus leche), is a species of antelope found in Okavango Delta of Botswana, the Kafue Flats and Bangweulu Swamps of Zambia, and the very southeast of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lechwe are found in marshy areas where they eat aquatic plants. They use the knee-deep water as protection from predators. Their legs are covered with water repelling substance allowing them to run...

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  • Boughs or branches.
  • Warbling of birds in trees.
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