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Inspector Chalcostephia flavifrons
2013-07-16 10:56:07

The inspector (Chalcostephia flavifrons), also known as the yellowface, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia, among many other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers a habit in tropical and subtropical areas near lakes, marshes, wetlands, swamps, and springs. The total population number...

African Wattled Lapwing
2009-02-27 15:34:28

The African Wattled Lapwing or Senegal Wattled Plover (Vanellus senegallus) is a species of wading bird of the family Charadriidae. It is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests. Although it is mostly a resident species, it does show seasonal movements. Its thrives in wet lowlands and damp grassland. It is a readily noticeable and unmistakable bird. It is brown with a...

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
2009-01-17 15:45:21

The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers more wooded country than most bee-eaters. It is somewhat migratory depending on rainfall patterns. This is a richly colored, slender bird, like other bee-eater species. Its colors and easily seen forked tail make this...

White-rumped Swift
2008-11-29 19:27:30

The White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer), is a species of swift that is similar to a house martin, but is completely unrelated to that species. They are native to sub-Saharan Africa, and have expanded into Morocco and southern Spain. The wintering grounds of those that migrate is not well known. Only the tropical African populations are year-round residents. The White-rumped Swift is 5.5 to 6...

Common Fiscal
2008-10-18 12:34:12

The Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris) also known as the Fiscal Shrike, or "Jacky Hanger", is a member of the shrike family found through most of Sub-Saharan Africa. It has a wide range of habitats from grassland to acacia or woodland. It avoids very dense areas where it is impaired by hunting. This is a unique 8.25 to 9 inch passerine with white underparts and black upperparts that extend from...

Collared Sunbird
2008-08-13 17:24:58

The Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris), formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia, is part of a group of very small Old World passerine birds. The Collared Sunbird is a common breeder across most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is mainly found in forests near water. It is a seasonal migrant within its range. Collared Sunbirds are tiny, only 3.5 to 4 inches long. They have short thin down-curved...

Egyptian Plover
2008-08-07 11:00:42

The Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius), is a wading bird and the only member of the genus Pluvianus. The Egyptian Plover is a localized resident in tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It breeds on sandbars in large rivers. Egyptian Plover is a striking and clearly identifiable species. The 7.5 to 8.25 inch long adult has a black crown, back, eye-mask and breast band. The rest of the head is...

African Darter
2008-04-29 00:14:30

The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the snakebird, is a water bird of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It is a cormorant-like fish-eating species that occurs in both saline and fresh water. It is a member of the darter family of birds, Anhingidae. It is 31.5 inches long. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African...

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,...

Bushbuck
2007-07-16 16:34:34

The Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), is an antelope that is found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Bushbucks are found in all types of bush, from open forest to dense woodland. All bushbucks live within a "home" area and will not normally leave this area, which is usually around 30 sq. miles on the savannah and much larger in the forest. These areas usually overlap other bushbuck home areas....

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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.