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Landfill by Tim Dee: Review

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Claire (not that Dee mentions that) has waited for the civil war in Angola to end, only to go searching for a lost bird, described in Angola in 1960s and then lost during the war. ” Dumps, “most alive at its face, a slow-breaking wave of fresh-dropped rubbish”, gulls… and girls! Is its habitat still there?

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The Bee-eaters of Africa

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Carmine bee-eaters occur throughout most of Subsaharan Africa, and many populations migrate widely post breeding. After breeding they also disperse over the rainforests and savannas of West and Central Africa, where they hunt for aerial insects. Two populations exist, the westernmost breeds in the western Sahara (e.g.

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Africa’s endangered species

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Image by Adam Riley Of the 115 African species now listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered, nearly half occur on the islands surrounding Africa or are non-breeding migrants to Africa. There has been growth in the breeding population at the colonies in Morocco (now estimated at 106 breeding pairs and approximately 500 birds in total).

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South Africa’s endemic birds

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Males of this species are more brightly colored in their non-breeding winter plumage. However during a summer visit to the far northwest of Zambia on the DRC-Angola border, I filmed pipits with young that Richard Liversidge, just before his untimely passing, confirmed were Long-tailed.

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Dreaming of Congo rainforest: Gabon, Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic

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Among about 430 species of birds are Grey-necked Rockfowl (with small breeding colonies in the area), Frazer’s Eagle Owl , Vermiculated Fishing Owl , Hartlaub Duck , African Grey Parrot , Great Blue Turaco , Bare-cheeked Trogon , Black Bee-eater and hornbills.

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Weavers

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Each male builds numerous nests, most of which are rejected by the female, who will eventually select a nest she is happy with, allow the proud architect who usually hangs under his masterpiece to mate with her and then begins the breeding process. These nests can weight up to 1 ton!

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