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Smith J.N. 1996. Kori Bustard breeding near Zvishavane. Honeyguide 42: 220. (Falcon College, Esigodini, Zimbabwe)

Ardeotis kori with 2 downy chicks Feb 1993.
Smith M. 1996. Effects of a partially collapsed Carmine Bee-Eater colony. Honeyguide 42: 108. (PO Box 44, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

Heavy rain caused collapse and many Merops nubicoides adults confused as to which hole to visit.
de Swardt D.H. 1996. Notes on the breeding of Greybacked Finchlark Eremopterix verticalis. Mirafra 13: 10-11. (Nat. Mus., PO Box 266, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa)

2 nests of 2 eggs in early Sept.


Tyler S.J. & Tyler L. 1997. Early nesting of Redwinged Pratincoles Glareola pratincola and some other records for the Boteti River. Babbler 32: 40. (c/o Dept. Anim. Health and Production, Private Bag 0032, Gaborone, Botswana)

About 20 pairs in lagoon to northeast of Mopipi in Aug 1996.


Vernon C.J. 1997. On Buffalo Weavers, Red-headed Weavers, snakes and man. Honeyguide 43: 113-115. (PO Box 19592, Tecoma 5214, South Africa)

Some notes on location of Bubalornis albirostris and Anaplectes rubriceps nests in relation to houses.


Wilkinson R. 1997. Co-operative breeding in captive Emerald Starlings Coccycolius iris: an update. Malimbus 19: 39. (N of England Zool. Soc., Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester CH2 1LH, UK)

The helper at a nest described in his paper (Malimbus 18: 134-141) was a male not a female.



Identification
Allan D. 1997. Africa's bustards. A guide to their identification. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(2): 55-59. (No address given)

Notes on all species with plates reproduced from Birds of Africa vol.2.


Allan D.G. 1997. Field identification of African Accipter species and similar-looking hawks. Bull. Afr. Bird Club 4: 74-82. (Durban Nat. Sci. Mus., Private Bag 4085, Durban 4000, South Africa)

Covers 16 species of Accipiter, Melierax, Micronisus, Kaupifalco and Aviceda including Palearctic migrants.


Bennun L. 1996. Identification first aid.... Lake Victoria specials. Kenya Birds 5: 17-21. (PO Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya)

6 species described, 3 warblers, 1 bush shrike, 1 weaver and 1 canary.


Hawkins F., Safford R., Duckworth W. & Evans M. 1997. Field identification and status of the sunbird asities Neodrepanis of Madagascar. Bull. Afr. Bird Club 4: 36-41. (BP 8511, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar)

Detailed notes on the 2 species, one fairly common in many forests and the other locally common in its restricted altitudinal range. Habitat for both is being reduced.




Hockey P. 1997. Africa's kingfishers. A guide to their identification. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(1): 61-65. (No address given)

A guide to the 16 species with illustrations from the Fry & Fry handbook (Helm guide).


Milstein P. 1996. Field differentiation of immature Bronze and Redbacked Mannikins. Hornbill 46: 29-30. (No address given)

Immature Red-backed (some races of Lonchura bicolor) has barred rump and upper tail coverts whereas those of Bronze L. cucullata are uniform.


Parker R., Newell D., Marr T. & Jolliffe R. 1997. Identification of Cape Verde Shearwater. Birding World 10: 222-228. (No address given)

Notes and pictures of Calonectris edwardsii sometimes considered a subspecies of Cory's C. diomedea.


Payne R.B. 1997. Field identification of the brood-parasitic whydahs Vidua and Cuckoo Finch Anomalospiza imberbis. Bull. Afr. Bird Club 4: 18-28. (Mus. Zool. & Dept. Biol., Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA)

Detailed notes on 10 species in all including notes on females, songs and young.


Tarboton W. 1997. Africa's Woodpeckers. A guide to their identification. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(4): 45-49. (No address given)

All 26 species described briefly with illustrations from Winkler, Christie & Nurney (1995 handbook from Pica Press).



Taxonomy
Clancey P.A. 1996. Systematic relationships and variation in the tits Parus afer and P. cinerascens (Aves: Paridae) of the southern Afrotropics. Durban Mus. Novitat. 21: 37-42. (Durban Nat. Sci. Mus., PO Box 4085, Durban 4000, South Africa)

Confirms the above 2 and P. griseiventris are good species.


Clancey P.A. 1997. Variation in the Cape Penduline Tit Anthoscopus minutus of the southern Afrotropics. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 117: 52-55. (Suite 19, Caister Lodge, 264 Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban 4001, South Africa)

Clarifies species into 3 races and gives details of range and characteristics.


Clancey P.A. 1997. The Cape Parrot: an additional valid species. Honeyguide 43: 61-62. (Durban Nat. Sci. Mus., PO Box 4085, Durban 4000, South Africa)

Poicephalus robustus now stands on its own as a species with P. fuscicollis having 2 minor races fuscicollis and suahelicus.
Dickerman R.W. 1997. A substitute name for the Bioko race of Pycnonotus virens. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 117: 75. (American Mus. Nat. Hist., Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, USA)

Andropadus virens amadoni proposed to replace Pycnonotus virens poensis (preoccupied) for the race of Little Greenbul on Bioko. In Birds of Africa it is subsumed into nominate race.
Forero M.G. & Tella J.L. 1997. Sexual dimorphism, plumage variability and species determination in nightjars: the need for further examination of the Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala. Ibis 139: 407-409. (Estacion Biol. de Donana, CSIC, Avda. MaLuisa s/n, Pabellon del Peru, 41013 Sevilla, Spain)

Casts doubt on validity of the species showing there is great variability in nightjars. Reply by Safford R.J., Ash J.S. & Duckworth J.W. follows on pp 410-411.


Goodman S.M., Hawkins A.F.A. & Domergue C.A. 1997. A new species of vanga (Vangidae, Calicalus) from southwestern Madagascar. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 117: 5-10. (Field Mus. of Nat. Hist., Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, USA)

Calicalus rufocarpalis described and photographed from 2 females collected in Toliara region.
Hockey P. 1997. New birds in Africa. The last 50 years. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(1): 39-44. (No address given)

Reviews 46 species in Africa excluding islands newly described to science 1946-1995, not all of which have survived subsequent taxonomists!


Hockey P. 1997. Yet more birds for Africa. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(2): 15. (No address given)

2 species missed by article in Africa: Birds & Birding 2(1) means total 48 new for science in Africa 1946-1995.


Irwin M.P.S. 1996. What species of double-collared sunbird occurs on Gorongosa Mountain? Honeyguide 42: 246-250. (PO Box BW122, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe)

The form amicorum is thought to be a race of Nectarinia afra not of N. manoensis.


Jackson C. 1996. More name games: two major confusions in van Perlo. Kenya Birds 5: 21-23. (Orn. Dept., PO Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya)

Instances of confusion of English names relating to Anaplectes rubriceps and Malimbus rubricollis and with Serinus atrogularis and S. reichenowi.


Liversidge R. 1996. A new species of pipit in southern Africa. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 116: 211-215. (MacGregor Mus., PO Box 316, Kimberley 8300, South Africa)

Long-tailed Pipit Anthus longicaudatus described from Kimberley area (with colour plate by Jill Adams) and compared to several others which occur there. It seems to be migratory but it is not known where it goes.


Pearson D.J. & Ash J.S. 1996. The taxonomic position of the Somali Courser Cursorius (cursor) somalensis. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 116: 225-229. (4 Lupin Close, Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6NW, UK)

It should be recognised as a species distinct from Cream-coloured C. cursor of mainly North Africa and Middle East and also comparisons are made with Burchell's C. rufus of southern Africa.



Peters D.S. 1996. Hypositta perdita n.sp., eine neue Vogelart aus Madagascar. Senckenbergiana biologica 76: 7-14. [German with English abstract] (Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany)

2 skins of recently fledged juveniles collected in 1931 now described as a new species probably in Hypositta and closest to H. corallirostris.


Ryan P. 1996. Barlow's Lark, a new endemic lark for southern Africa. Africa: Birds & Birding 1(4): 65-70. (Percy Fitzpatrick Inst. of Afr. Orn., Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa)

Some detailed notes on range and identification of various larks: Karoo Certhilauda albescens, Dune C. erythrochlamys, Red C. burra and Barlow's C. barlowi, all now generally considered separate species, from Namibia and Cape Province, South Africa.


Sangster G. 1996. Stonechat systematics based on molecular distance data. Dutch Birding 18: 133-136. (Nieuwe Rijn 27, 2312 JD Leiden, The Netherlands)

Argues against use of this as measure of taxonomic status in respect of Saxicola torquata axillaris.


Sangster G. 1996. Taxonomy of Houbara and Macqueen's Bustards and neglect of intraspecific diversity. Dutch Birding 18: 248-254. (Nieuwe Rijn 27, 2312 JD Leiden, The Netherlands)

Lumping of Chlamydotis undulata and C. macqueenii into the former species has obscured differences in behaviour and impeded conservation.



Morphology
Anderson M. & Oosthuysen E. 1997. Albinism in the Olive Thrush. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(1): 13. (Northern Cape Nature Conservation Service, Kimberley)

Record of female partial albino Turdus olivaceus in suburb of Kimberley in Nov 1996.


Barnard P. 1995. Timing of ornament growth, phenotypic variation, and size of dimorphism in two promiscuous African whydahs (Ploceidae: Vidua). Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 55: 129-141. (Dept. Zool., Uppsala Univ., Villavagen 9, S-75236 Uppsala, Sweden)

Field data show temporal variation probably has greater significance for sexual selection than maximum size in Paradise Vidua paradisaea and Shaft-tailed Whydahs V. regia.


Bell C.G.T. 1996. Seasonal dimorphism, inter- and intra-specific recognition in southern African waterfowl. Honeyguide 42: 137-145. (Elmswood Farm, PO Box 106, Marondera, Zimbabwe)

Review essay including new ideas on reasons for drab colours of southern African waterfowl.


Bell C.G.V. 1997. Field sexing of some monomorphic Zimbabwean ducks. Honeyguide 43: 76-79. (Elmswood Farm, PO Box 106, Marondera, Zimbabwe)

Notes on 8 species of captive waterfowl.



Farquhar M.R., Lorenz M., Rayner J.L. & Craig A.J.F.K. 1996. Feather ultrastructure and skeletal morphology as taxonomic characters in African sunbirds (Nectariniidae) and sugarbirds (Promeropidae). J. Afr. Zool. 120: 321-331. (Dept. Zool. & Entomology, Rhodes Univ., Grahamstown 6140, South Africa)

Feathers of sunbirds examined under scanning electron microscope and internal structure looked at. No links found with Promeropidae.


Goodwin W. 1996. A record of the yellow-headed morph of the Black-collared Barbet. Honeyguide 42: 33. (c/o Torque Tension, PO Box 2412, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

Lybius torquatus in eastern Matobo Communal Lands.
Herliky M. 1996. Aberrant Masked Weaver. Promerops 226: 9. (No address given)

Ploceus intermedius with entirely yellow face and head.
Hill A.J. 1997. A black-faced melanistic Laughing Dove. Honeyguide 43: 106. (PO Box 470, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe)

Streptopelia senegalensis in garden.
Irwin M.P.S. 1996. More on yellow-headed Black-collared Barbets. Honeyguide 42: 122. (PO Box BW112, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe)

Lybius torquatus in Mkuyi Game Reserve, Natal in Aug 1974.
Irwin M.P.S. 1997. Another melanistic House Sparrow. Honeyguide 43: 112. (PO Box BW 122, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe)

Nearly black Passer domesticus near Borrowdale Post Office in Oct 1996.


Jerez D. & Ramirez R. 1996. Observation d'une foulque macroule (Fulica atra) albinos au barrage Mohammed V (Oujda). Porphyrio 8: 93. (C/Infanta Elena de Espana, 70 Melilla, Spain)

An albino Coot in Dec 1995.


Köhler P. & Köhler U. 1997. An albinistic Sanderling Calidris alba in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique. Scopus 19: 116. (Korbinianplatz 1, 85737 Ismaning, Germany)

One of 653 individuals in Jan 1996 count was pure white.


Martin P. 1996. More on aberrant Bokmakieries. Bee Eater 47: 41-42. (No address given)

A description of an aberrant Telophorus zeylonus.


van Niekerk D.J. 1996. Albino Pied Starling Spreo bicolor (Sturnidae) with some notes on albinism in the Motacillidae. Mirafra 13: 9-10. (Dept. Zool., Univ. of Orange Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa)

First record of albinism in starlings in southern Africa.


Saliewski V. 1997. The immature plumage of Sun Lark Galerida modesta. Bull. Afr. Bird Club 4: 136. (Inst. für Vogelforschung, Vogelwarte Helgoland, An der Vogelwarte 21, 26836 Wilhelmshaven, Germany)

Photograph of a bird in Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire in Jan 1995 showed prominent supercilium, black streak from eye to bill and two white wing bars.
Slotow R. & Goodfriend W. 1996. Ecogeographic variation in body size and shape of Cape Sparrows (Passer melanurus) in southern Africa. J. Zool. 238: 279-286. (Dept. Biol. Sci., Univ. California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA)

Those from hot arid areas smaller than those from cool mesic areas.



Sites
Agutu J. 1996. Birding in and around Kisumu. Kenya Birds 5: 41-45. (Maseno School, PO Box 120, Maseno, Kenya)

Description of one of the most under-rated areas in western Kenya including notes on the heronries at Ahero.


Allan D. 1996. Birding in Ghana. Africa: Birds & Birding 1(4): 21-23. (No address given)

Brief description of some sites especially Kakum.


Bennett G. 1996. Birding in Natal, South Africa: an introduction. Birding 28: 490-499. (PO Box 100502, Scottsville 3209, South Africa)

A general introduction to place and birds aimed at North Americans.


Branch B. 1997. Rich pickings -- birding hotspots in and around Port Elizabeth. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(1): 66-68. (No address given)

Brief notes on good sites in area.


Brooks T., Barnes J., Barnes R., Kageche J. & Wilder C. 1997. Birding in ... the Taita Hills. Kenya Birds 5: 63-69. (PO Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya)

Notes on the area with especial reference to finding the endemics and species otherwise rare in Kenya.


Butchart D. 1997. Silverbirds and Shoebills. Birdwatching in Uganda. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(2): 24-31. (No address given)

Report of 3-week trip visiting most National Parks.


Butchart D. 1997. Ndumo Game Reserve. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(4): 34-39. (No address given)

Notes on 11000 hectare reserve in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal, considered by some as the country's single finest birding site.


Butchart D. 1997. Northern Tanzania -- a bounty of birding. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(5): 37-43. (No address given)

A trip report along the main tourist route from Arusha to Serengeti.


Davidson I. 1996. Rich pickings in Africa's warm heart. Africa: Birds & Birding 1(4): 28-38. (No address given)

A brief summary of birding possibilities in Malawi.
Evans T., Tye A., Cordeiro N. & Seddon N. 1997. Birding in and around the East Usambaras, north-east Tanzania. Bull. Afr. Bird Club 4: 116-129. (11a Yeoman Lane, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent ME14 4BX, UK)

Some very detailed notes on what to see, where to see it and what to do. See also Williams's paper below.


Forsten A. 1997. Birding south-west Morocco. Alula 3: 24-31. (c/o Alula, PO Box 5, FIN-02271 Espoo, Finland)

Trip report.


Holland G. 1997. Canopy birding -- exploring Zululand's forests. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(3): 52-59. (No address given)

Some notes on several forest areas in the area north of Durban.


Maytham J. 1997. Waterfowl oasis. The Treehaven Trust. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(3): 62-67. (No address given)

Description of work at this privately owned sanctuary near Vereeniging, which is along the lines of the UK Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust sanctuaries.


Ryan P. & Sinclair I. 1996. Ethiopia: birding the roof of Africa. Africa: Birds & Birding 1(5): 35-41. (No address given)

Where to go and what to see.


Sacchi M. 1997. Birding at the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, north-eastern Zaire. Bull. Afr. Bird Club 4: 42-43. (Breitfeldstr. 44, 3014 Bern, Switzerland)

Some brief notes on a visit to this 13500 km2 reserve.


Spawls S. 1997. Gadwalls Choughs and Siskins. Ornithological safaris in Ethiopia. Swara (July/August 1997): 9-11. (No address given)

Some brief notes on where to go in Ethiopia.


Sutherland A. 1996. Birding on the eastern side of the Cheringoma Plateau in Mozambique. Honeyguide 42: 254-257. (PO Box 10289, Meerense 3901, South Africa)

A report on a week's stay.


Tarboton W. 1996. Wakkeptroom -- gold star birding. Africa: Birds & Birding 1(4): 52-53. (No address given)

Notes on the sites around the small town about 3 hours drive southeast of Johannesburg.


Verdoorn G. 1997. Red-hot birding ... discover the Kalahari. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(2): 60-69. (Endangered Wildlife Trust, Raptor Conservation Fund, PO Box 72155, Parkview 2122, South Africa)

Notes especially on the raptors to be found in the Kalahari.




Weiss Y. 1996. Rough Diamond -- Paarl Bird Sanctuary. Africa: Birds & Birding 1(5): 60-63. (No address given)

Description of site in western Cape.


Williams E. 1997. Birding in the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Bull. Afr. Bird Club 4: 111-115. (6 Newbold Grove, Croxteth Park, Liverpool L12 0NS, UK)

Some detailed notes on both West and East Usambaras. See also Evans et al. above.



Ringing
Cossee R.O. 1995. New Zealand-banded Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) breeds in Seychelles. Notornis 42: 280. (New Zealand National Banding Scheme, Dept. Conservation, PO Box 10420, Wellington, New Zealand)

Ringed as chick on Raoul Island in 1961 breeding on Aride June 1995.


Craig A. & Hulley P. 1996. What's the difference between robins and thrushes? SAFRING News 25: 51-52. (Dept. Zool. & Entomology, Rhodes Univ., Grahamstown 6140, South Africa)

Some recapture data on Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceus and Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra showed latter retrapped much more often.


Franchimont J. 1996. Liste des controles et reprises d'oiseaux bagués realises ou signales par le GOMAC en 1995. Porphyrio 8: 77-92. (Dept. Biol., Fac. des Sci. de Meknes, BP 4010, Beni-M'Hamed 50000, Meknes, Morocco)

List of ringing recoveries and retraps from 1995.


Hanmer D.B. 1996. Measurements and moult of four species of nightjar from Mozambique and Malawi. Honeyguide 42: 75-95. (Mitsasa, PO Box 3076, Paulington, Mutare, Zimbabwe)

Detailed notes on nearly 300 Mozambique Nightjar Caprimulgus fossii with status and other notes. A few on C. europaeus, C. fraenatus and Macrodipteryx vexillaris.


Hanmer D.B. 1997. Measurements and moult in Greater and Lesser Honeyguides from Mozambique and Malawi. Honeyguide 43: 19-37. (Mitsasa, PO Box 3076, Paulington, Mutare, Zimbabwe)

Data on 16 Indicator indicator and 61 I. minor.


Hanmer D.B. 1997. Measurements and moult of some barbets and woodpeckers from Mozambique and Malawi. Honeyguide 43: 83-102. (Mitsasa, PO Box 3076, Paulington, Mutare, Zimbabwe)

Several measures from 3 species and a few of four more.


Hanmer D.B. 1997. Miscellaneous measurements and moult of non-passerine birds from Mozambique and Malawi: 1. Waterbirds. Honeyguide 43: 164-168. (Mitsasa, PO Box 3076, Paulington, Mutare, Zimbabwe)

Wing-length, weight and moult of 76 birds of 16 species.



Kok O.B. & van Zyl J.M. 1996. Body mass of birds from central South Africa. Ostrich 67: 160-162. (Dept. Zool. & Entomology, Univ. Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa)

Data on 40 species given mainly those shot because of perceived threat to aircraft. In all 4404 adult birds shot and weighed.


Leonard P. 1996. Bird ringing in Zambia, 1995. SAFRING News 25: 72-73. (Kafue Fisheries, PO Box 31522, Lusaka, Zambia)

Totals list.


Martin P. 1997. Recent ringing recoveries. Bee Eater 48: 39. (No address given)

Records covering 8 species.


Mundy P.J. 1996. Weight loss of stainless steel rings on Hooded Vultures. SAFRING News 25: 74-75. (Dept. Nat. Parks & Wildlife Management, PO Box 2283, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

Ring on Necrosyrtes monachus lost 7.5% weight in 21 years.


Oatley T.B. 1996. SASOL report on selected recoveries received at SAFRING: January 1996-June 1996. SAFRING News 25: 60-67. (Avian Demography Unit, Dept. Statistical Sci., Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa)

87 recoveries of 48 species listed including foreign ringed birds.


Oatley T.B. 1997. Selected recoveries reported to SAFRING: July 1996-December 1996. SAFRING News 26: 25-33. (Avian Demography Unit, Dept Statistical Sci., Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa)

257 reports in all for the period. 98 recoveries of 53 species listed including 12 of 8 species to foreign countries.


Oatley T.B. & Bent C.C. 1996. Report on the 1995-1996 ringing year. SAFRING News 25: 55-59. (Avian Demography Unit, Dept. Statistical Sci., Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa)

Lists numbers ringed etc.


Schoeman S. 1997. Mensural data of Thickbilled Weavers in Lydenburg. SAFRING News 26: 21-23. (PO Box 94, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa)

38 Amblyospiza albifrons measured.


Sharland R.E. 1997. Ringing recoveries between Nigeria and Europe. Malimbus 19: 103. (1 Fisher's Heron, East Mills, Fordingbridge, Hants SP6 2JR, UK)

1 White Stork Ciconia ciconia and 2 Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava.


Tree A.J. 1996. Letter to the editor: ringing in Botswana. SAFRING News 25: 74. (Box 211, Bathurst, Eastern Cape 6166, South Africa)

Brief note of 1726 birds ringed between 1969 and 1974.




Underhill L.G. & Underhill G.D. 1997. Eight consecutive primary moults of a Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis. SAFRING News 26: 3-6. (Avian Demography Unit, Dept Statistical Sci., Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa)

Observations over 8 moults involving 46 captures over 7 years. Dates varied over 2 months.



Miscellaneous
Dennis N.J. 1997. Photography in progress 1. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(1): 20-21. (No address given)

Discusses hardware.


Dennis N.J. 1997. Photography in progress 2. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(2): 20-21. (No address given)

Discussion of use of hides.


Dennis N.J. 1997. Photography in progress 3. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(3): 26-27. (No address given)

Notes on fieldcraft and tips to attract birds.


Dennis N.J. 1997. Photography in progress 4. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(4): 24-25. (No address given)

How to get pin-sharp results from camera.


Dennis N.J. 1997. Photography in progress 5. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(5): 24-25. (No address given)

Some tips for 'freezing the action'.


Derwent S. & Mander M. 1997. Twitchers bewitched. The use of birds in traditional healing. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(1): 22-25. (No address given)

A popular review and notes that several species popular in healing are vulnerable, eg vultures, eagles and hornbills.


Jackson C. 1997. Van Perlo Corrections Corner no.1. Kenya Birds 5: 101-102. (PO Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya)

Notes some misleading and/or incorrect points from this fieldguide, designed to help other birders.


McAdam S. 1997. Another use for quelea droppings? Honeyguide 43: 47-48. (PO Box 169, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

Quelea quelea droppings eaten by elephant from under a bush.
Mundy P.J. 1996. Legal aspects to egg collecting. Honeyguide 42: 244-245. (Dept. Nat. Parks, PO Box 2283, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

Notes on situation in Zimbabwe.


Reckitt R. 1997. The Mallard. Bee Eater 48: 9. (No address given)

Request for all records as Anas platyrhynchos appears to hybridise freely with Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata.
Russell D.A., Galeb B. & Hoath R. 1997. X-raying the Gods: what were the mummified Horus falcons of Egypt? Bull. Br. Orn. Club 117: 148-149. (American Univ. in Cairo, PO Box 2511, Cairo, Egypt)

Most identified are birds of prey both resident and migrant.


Trendler R. 1996. Birds in the garden -- doves and pigeons. Africa: Birds & Birding 1(5): 22-23. (No address given)

Brief notes on 5 species.


Trendler R. 1997. In your garden. Africa: Birds & Birding 2(4): 20-21. (No address given)

Notes on garden visiting especially by barbets Capitonidae.


Williams M.C. & Nesbit J.W. 1996. Fatal herpesvirus infection in a Cape Eagle Owl Bubo capensis and a Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus. Ostrich 67: 60-62. (Dept. Pathology, Fac. Vet. Sci., Univ. Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort 0110, South Africa)

Believed to be first report of this in owls.



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