Mekong Yellow-Vented Bulbul

The Mekong Yellow-Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier jambu) is a small passerine songbird. It is also known as the Eastern Yellow-Vented Bulbul.

The Mekong Yellow-Vented Bulbul has a slight black crest and black mask on a white head. It has brown upperparts, pale underparts, and yellow feathers at the top part of its under-tail, which is called the vent. The male and the female look similar.

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Oriental Magpie-Robin

The Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis) is a small passerine songbird small. It is related to the Flycatcher.

The Oriental Magpie-Robin is black and white with an upright long tail. The male has black upperparts, black head and black throat, with a white shoulder patch. Its underparts and the sides of the long tail are white. The female has greyish-black upperparts and greyish white chest.

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East African Fork-Tailed Drongo

The East African Fork-Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis fugax) is a medium-sized passerine songbird. It is also known as the Common Drongo, the African Drongo, or the Savannah Drongo.

The East African Fork-Tailed Drongo is glossy black, with duller black wings. It has patches of brown feathers. It has a large head, and a light-grey thick, hooked beak, with nasal bristles (hairs). It has orange-brown eyes. It has short legs. The feathers on its tail curve outwards, forming a fork tail.

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What’s the difference between Mannikins: Bronze Mannikin and Black-and-White Mannikin?

What’s the difference between the Bronze Mannikin and the Black-and-White Mannikin?

The Bronze Mannikin (Lonchura cucullata scutata) and the Black-and-White Mannikin (Lonchura bicolor poensis) are both small African finches.

The Bronze Mannikin has a two-toned beak, whereas the Black-and-White Mannikin has a blue-grey beak.

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European Robin

The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula caucasicus) is also called Robin Redbreast or Red Robin. It is a small passerine bird in the chat family, found across Europe. The caucasicus sub-species is found in the Caucasus, such as the in the county Georgia.

The European Robin is grey-brown with an orange-red breast and face, with a white belly. Its legs and feet are brown. The beak and eyes are black. The male and female are similar.

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Barn Swallow

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most common and abundant swallow in the world. It is a small migratory songbird (a passerine). It often heralds the spring weather.

The Barn Swallow, or Eurasian Swallow (Hirundo rustica rustica) is found in the Northern Hemisphere, in Europe and Asia. It is dark iridescent blue with a rufous (reddish-brown) forehead, chin and throat, white underbelly, and black wings and tail. It has a deeply forked tail with large white spots.

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Rosy-Patched Bush-Shrike

The Rosy-Patched Bush-Shrike (Rhodophoneus hilgerti cruentus) is a small species of passerine (songbird) found in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, East Kenya, and North Kenya.

It is a small bird of about 22 centimetres (8-9 inches) tall. It is light brown with a distinctive blood-red stain from its throat and down its white chest. It has a long tail and hooked beak.

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White-Eyed Slaty Flycatcher

The White-Eyed Slaty Flycatcher (Melaenornis fischeri) is a small passerine (perching) bird native to Africa, from Ethiopia to Kenya.

It is a highland bird, common in wooded habitats, including gardens.

It is a very distinctive bird normally seen singly or in pairs. It has grey feathers with a lighter chest, brown feet, a grey head and a white ring around its black eyes.

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Oxpeckers and their symbiotic relationships

Oxpeckers have a symbiotic relationship with oxen, antelopes, zebras, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, and many ungulates (hoofed-animals) in Africa.

Oxpeckers are birds that feed on ticks that live on the body of animals. Sometimes they are called tickbirds. The ticks live near the animal’s ears, neck, eyelids, forehead and underbelly. Oxpeckers also feed on the earwax and dandruff of animals.

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