BIRD WEDNESDAY – CRESTED GUINEA FOWL & WILDLIFE 4 KIDS

Today’s bird is the Crested Guinea Fowl. They live in family groups and often walk behind herds of large animals to collects food which they have left behind. These large ‘bush chickens’ play an important role in the control of ticks and other insects. This is a portrait which I took during one of my Lock Down Safaris.

… and now … introduction …

WILDLIFE 4 KIDS

http://www.wildlife4kids.com

Today I have launched a page to provide a bit of entertainment to children (and adults) during the Convid-19 crisis lock down in South Africa and all around the world.

I will regularly upload pictures with fun questions for the young ones. There is a special page on the site with all the answers http://www.wildlife4kids.com/answers/. Let’s hope you (and your children) will enjoy the pictures (and occasional short videos) which I will start publishing today.

Please note that this is a blog you need to follow in case you want to receive the updates (by email). They will not be posted on Social Media or WhatsApp.

Christian Sperka

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STAY-AT-HOME-FRIDAY – OSTRICH

The giant eggs – from one of which this little one hatched a short while ago – are the largest of any living bird (15cm long and weighing as much as two dozen chicken eggs).

Ostrich eggs are incubated by the dominant female by day and by the male by night and the chicks hatch after 35 to 45 days.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – BEE-EATERS

There are 27 species of bee-eaters worldwide (in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia). They have one of the most complex social structures of birds.

Most species are monogamous and many live in large colonies in family groups with up to four generations. They appear to recognize family members and nesting neighbors from voice recognition.

The birds in this picture are White-fronted Bee-eaters.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – BLUE WAXBILL

This is one of my favorite ‘tiny birds’. Blue Waxbills are sometimes called blue-cheeked cordon-bleu or blue-breasted cordon-bleu. They are quite common in Southern Africa.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – EUROPEAN BEE-EATERS

European Bee-eaters breed in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. They are migratory, wintering in Africa. I took the picture of these four last week on Thanda. Soon, they will be leaving for their flight up north.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – PIED KINGFISHER

This Pied Kingfisher male was feeding another Pied Kingfisher.

He is either the father or a male helper feeding either a chick or one of the breeding birds. These ‘helpers’ are males whose breeding attempts have failed.

There testosterone level is reduced and they help the species along by providing ‘catering services’!

Picture taken at Kruger National Park, Lake Panic Hide.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – GREEN WINGED PYTILIA

The *Green Winged Pytilia* (Pytilia melba) is a very colorful finch species found all over sub-Saharan Africa. The Southern subspecies is also know as Melba Finch.

I took these pictures last week during an excursion to the kuMasinga hide at Mkuze National Park.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – GOLDEN-BREASTED BUNTING

With its striking yellow (golden) breast this is one of my favorite small birds.

Golden-breasted Buntings are regularly seen at the waterhole near my home on Thanda.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – LITTLE BEE-EATER

Five Little Bee-eaters were snuggling up for a good night’s sleep as I took this picture during a night safari at iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

With an average length of 15–17 cm, this species is the smallest African Bee-eater.

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