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July 1, 2011 / calebdresser

Birds of a Feather

I’ve been lucky enough to spot a few interesting birds while I’ve been here. These are some of the ones I saw when I went with Edna to her farm on Thursday.

This is a Superb Starling,  Lamprotornis superbus.

The one in the image above is a Somali Fiskal, Lanius somalicus.

 That’s a camel in the background. Don’t know about the bird… possibly some type of starling.

These guys are White-Headed Buffalo Weavers, Dinemillia dinemelli.

This is a bulbul, one of the common locals.

This is a rather blurry picture of a  White-bellied Go-Away Bird, Corythaixoides leucogaster, so named because of its call. Note the feathered crest on its head.



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  1. Leeann Louis / Jul 2 2011 4:28 am

    These birds look awesome!!! I love how the birds that are – I presume – fairly common in Hargeisa are so strange and fascinating to us here. The habitats in your photos look so dry and scrubby, and the plants look crimped and thorny. So interesting and different. I’ve got to get my hand on a Eastern Africa bird book – or an expert from the Lab of O – and see if we can do some identifying. How big is that first blue bird, and how big is the bird with the camel in the picture? I will definitely keep you posted on any findings I have…

    P.S. I just listened to the call of the “go away bird”…. it is creepy! It really sounds like it’s saying “go away!”… that’s crazy!!!

    P.P.S I am proud that you have (or at least borrowed) a “Birds of Somalia” book!

  2. Margaret McCandless / Jul 5 2011 1:26 pm

    Wow, I listened to recordings, too. The Go-Away bird sure has a powerful call. I wonder how it translates in languages other than English. One site said that other animals do respond by going away, in the same way that blue jay sounds send animals into cover here. Everyone assumes a predator is near. George and I, too, really like your photos. Thanks.

  3. Leeann Louis / Jul 8 2011 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the scientific updates – I will definitely look these up on the Lab of O’s website later! It’s so fascinating to immerse oneself in the life and surroundings of a different place.

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