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Grey Rhebok
2007-12-21 11:03:40

The Grey Rhebok or Grey Rhebuck (Pelea capreolus), is a species of antelope endemic to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland. They prefer grassy, mountainous habitat They are also known as the Vaal Rhebok or Vaalribbok. Rheboks carry a woolly grey coat to insulate them from the cold of their habitat. Only the males carry the straight horns. Males become extremely aggressive during...

Blesbok
2007-12-21 11:00:53

The Blesbok, or Blesbuck (Damaliscus dorcas phillpsi), is indigenous to South Africa. They can be found in open velds and open plains throughout South Africa. The preferred habitat is open grasslands with water. They are found in large numbers in all national parks with open grasslands. They were first discovered in the 17th century. The neck and the top of the back of the blesbuck are...

Bokmakierie
2007-10-24 16:32:18

The Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus), is a bushshrike and a passerine bird closely related to the true shrikes in the family Laniidae. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique. It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in...

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...

Topi
2007-10-22 12:27:02

The Topi (Damaliscus lunatus), also known as the Tsessebe, Tiang or Korrigum, is an antelope found in Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. It lives in savannah and floodplain where it eats mainly grasses. Topi can reach over forty miles per hour when frightened and will sometimes jump over each other to get away from a threat. They have the reputation of being the fastest of all...

Bontebok
2007-10-22 08:19:01

The Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus), is a species of antelope found in South Africa and Lesotho. It is found along coastal lands within shrubland and heathland vegetation. They are diurnal, though they rest during the heat of the day. Herds contain only males, only females or are mixed and do not exceed forty animals. They were once killed as pests and were almost extinct, but have since...

Cape Lion
2007-07-16 13:36:43

The Cape Lion, Panthera leo melanochaitus, is an extinct wild subspecies of lion. The Cape Lion was not the only subspecies in South Africa, and its range is unclear. It was primarily found in Cape Province around Cape Town. The last Cape Lion seen in the province was killed in 1858. There are claims of people today that have captive Cape lions, although it is unclear how pure bred these...

Velvet Belly lanternshark
2007-04-19 04:27:33

The Velvet Belly lanternshark, Etmopterus spinax, is a shark of the family Dalatiidae, found on the outer continental shelves and upper slopes of the eastern Atlantic, from Iceland to South Africa, down to depths of 1.55 mi (2,500 m) between latitudes 70° N and 38° S. Its length is up to 23.62 in (60 cm). The Velvet Belly lanternshark feeds on small fish, squids, and crustaceans. It is...

Raccoon butterflyfish
2007-03-26 12:19:08

The Raccoon butterflyfish, Chaetodon lunula, also known as crescent-masked or Lunule butterflyfish, is a butterflyfish of the family Chaetodontidae found in the Indo-Pacific oceans from East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa islands, and also in the southeast Atlantic from East London, South Africa, at depths down to 98.43...

Large Spotted Genet
2007-01-21 19:19:51

The large spotted genet (Genetta tigrina), also known as the blotched genet, is a carnivore mammal, related to linsangs and civets. It can be found in Africa from Senegal to Somalia, and south to Namibia and South Africa. It is absent from the continent's southwestern arid zones. Like other genets, it is nocturnal and arboreal. Similar in appearance to the common genet, the large spotted...

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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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