Ethiopia’s Endemics

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Ethiopia , a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa, has firmly established itself as one of Africa’s top birding destinations. Tours groups that I guided to Ethiopia ten years ago had to endure very basic accommodation, almost no surfaced roads and low levels of service. Not much was known about Ethiopia’s birds and there was no decent fieldguide. Blue-winged Goose Occurring only in Ethiopia, this high altitude waterfowl is not uncommon on alpine lakes.

The Geladas of Ethiopia

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These relics of times gone by now cling to a precarious existence on the sheer cliffs of Ethiopia’s mountains, from which each morning they materialize, to forage on nearby moorlands, before disappearing down the precipices in the evening. This was the local name meaning “ugly” used for these primates by the people of the Gonder area in northern Ethiopia when the German naturalist Rüppell “discovered” this species for science in the 1830’s. Mammals Ethiopia Gelada

Ethiopian Bush-crows Keeping It Cool

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Asides corvids EthiopiaScientists have wondered why the outstandingly adaptable Ethiopian Bush-crow ( Zavattariornis stresemanni ) refused to expand outside of its postage stamp-sized range. Apparently, these quasi-corvids are too cool for school and like it that way.

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Tribes and Birds of the Lower Omo Valley by Adam Riley

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Ethiopia, a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa, has firmly established itself as one of Africa’s top birding destinations. These 15 endemics and nearly 40 near-endemics (many of which were endemics until Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991) are for the most part quite easily observed on the standard Ethiopian birding circuit. Birding best birding tours Ethiopia omo valley

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Sanetti Plateau…The World’s Best Commute?

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The Sanetti Plateau in Ethiopia is a one of Africa’s greatest birding locations. Last year I had the weird (deeply, deeply weird) honour of working on a TV show in Ethiopia. I spent 3 weeks in Ethiopia, mostly in the Harenna Forest which is nestled on the southern slopes of the Bale Mountains, the range that the Sanetti Plateau caps. Wattled Ibis are common in Ethiopia, even in the capital, but are a special endemic too. Birding Africa Ethiopia

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Liben Lark Gets a Lifeline

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Liben Lark Gets a Lifeline Liben Lark Gets a Lifeline By Corey • March 4, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share The Liben Lark Heteromirafra sidamoensis of Ethiopia is critically endangered, with less then 100 individuals left in one grassy plain. Here’s hoping the Liben Lark defies the odds and long graces the grassy plains of Ethiopia!

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2017?

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Oh to be on the Sanetti Plateau in Ethiopia ! March, at least in my part of the world, is living up to its billing as a ferocious starter. Perhaps the time has come, though, to retire the bit about lions and lambs. Who outside of certain parts of Africa thinks about lions during this time of year? In fact, is the volatility of this month even measurably greater at its start than its end in places where lions actually live free?

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Village Weavers

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In the meantime, in order to rectify this I present some images of the Village Weaver, a widespread African species that ranges from Senegal to Ethiopia and down to South Africa. In many ways the weaver family is for Africa are similar beasts to the pseudowarblers of North America (sometimes called wood-warblers). There are a lot of them, they are generally attractive, and prone to being yellow.

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Africa’s Barbets

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The diminutive Tinkerbirds are Africa’s smallest barbets, depicted here is Red-fronted Tinkerbird photographed at Lalibela, Ethiopia. The Banded Barbet is a medium-sized barbet that is endemic to Ethiopia and Eritrea. This image was also taken at Lalibela, Ethiopia. Banded is an attractive species endemic to Ethiopia and Eritrea. This image was taken at Lake Langano, Ethiopia. Image taken in the Afar Region of Ethiopia.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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now the pace quickens: USA; Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia; Nepal, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website. It illustrates the bird richness per country.

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White-backed Vultures are Proper Birds

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The populations remain stable in Ethiopia, Tanzania and southern Africa, but have collapsed in West Africa and have declined in other parts as well. It can’t have escaped your notice lately that the blog has been overrun with articles about North America’s pseudo-warblers (or wood warblers, as some people, apparently unaware the name is taken by a proper European species, call them), and, even worse, no small amount of poetry.

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Uganda’s Hard To Miss Monkeys

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The Mantled Guereza , ( Colobus guereza ) The Mantled Guereza, also known as the Eastern Black-and-white Colobus or Abyssinian Black-and-white Colobus , is a common forest species found across the rain forests and savannah woodlands of central Africa from Cameroon to Kenya, with a separate population across most of Ethiopia.

The Bee-eaters of Africa

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The Northern Carmine is readily seen in Ghana’s Mole National Park, Ethiopia’s Rift Valley and in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. Excellent sites include Namibia’s Etosha National Park and Ethiopia’s Awash National Park. The former can easily be seen in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park and the latter on the forested edges of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley lakes.

10 proofs that rock climbing is birding in disguise

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The Diplobirder , birding Ethiopia where legends are born. I watched some movie the other day, in which an artist, a real historical figure, says something how art is a… well, I didn’t write it down immediately and couldn’t find it googling later (assuming that the thought is as historical as the artist), but I recognized birding in those words. Simply replace “art” with “birding” and it made perfect sense.

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Pink in Africa

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This attractive (for a lark anyway) species is restricted to the dry savannah Somali-Maasai biome of north-east Africa (northern Tanzania, Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Somalia). It is found in higher-elevation woodlands from northern Zambia and Malawi northwards through Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia and into the Arabian peninsula.

The Storks of Africa

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Ethiopia’s Rift Valley lakes such as Lake Ziway and Awassa are famous for the gangs of Marabous that hang around the fish markets and allow close approach in the hope of a smelly handout. Marabous at Lake Awassa fishmarket, Ethiopia by Felicity Riley A male Saddle-billed Stork (note the dark eye and yellow wattles), St Lucia, South Africa by Adam Riley Second largest, and at the other end of the attractiveness scale, is the stunning Saddle-billed Stork.

Finicky Finches

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Nyer is not grown in the United States and is imported from a variety of places including Burma, Singapore, Ethiopia and Myanmar. Have you had trouble keeping finches at your feeder? If so, you’re not alone, it’s a common bird feeding question. American Goldfinches are one of the prettiest reasons to keep your feeders full in the summer. It seems that goldfinches are so pretty they know they can afford to be a bit more finicky than other birds.

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A Rehabber’s List of Worst Bird Myths

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Last year scientists in Ethiopia discovered the jawbone of a 2.8 One might think that thanks to the Internet, all those ridiculous old wild animal myths handed down for generations would finally die a deserved death. But noooo. Thanks to the Internet not only don’t they die, they’re joined by more. I asked a group of wildlife rehabilitators: “What are some of the Worst Bird Myths? Feel free to vent!”.

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Wattled Cranes

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The birds are thinly distributed in eleven sub-Saharan African countries and an isolated population possibly still remains in the highlands of Ethiopia. Its a hard life being a bird but its especially hard if you’re a crane. Of the fifteen species of cranes alive today eleven are considered vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. The Wattled Crane unfortunately finds itself amongst the majority, with an estimated 7,000 birds remaining on the planet.

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Why Don’t I Have Any Finches At My Feeder?

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Most of it comes from Singapore, Ethiopia and Burma. When trying to attract finches, it can be feast or famine. Some days you get bunches and bunches, other times you might feel totally rejected by them. I recently had a conversation with a colleague who works for the Department of Natural Resources. He’s a smart guy, a wildlife biologist and what he knows about native swans is incredible, but what he knew or didn’t know about bird feeding was surprising.

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Africa’s endangered species

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Image by Markus Lilje (Rockjumper Birding Tours) Liben Lark Previously called Sidamo Lark and currently only known for certainty from the tall grass prairie of the Liben Plains near Negele in southern Ethiopia, this species has a population estimated at less than 250 individuals occupying just 30-36 sq km. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, experts have determined that the current rate of bird extinction is somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times the background rate.

Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Ethiopia – the roof of Africa, fascinating endemic birds and wildlife and an incredible cultural and historical destination; Namibia , Botswana & Zambia – a fantastic overland tour can combine these three countries boasting vast wildernesses and superb birds and wildlife; and Ghana – the friendliest country in the world and great birding opportunities with Africa’s only rainforest canopy walkway and endangered Upper Guinea endemics.

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Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

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Both men lead trips for tour company Tropical Birding (Barnes is a founder), and they have also co-authored Wildlife of Madagascar (another WildGuide volume, 2016), Birding Ethiopia (with Christian Boix, 2010) and Wild Rwanda (with Christian Boix, 2015).

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Weavers

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Its sister species, Chestnut-backed, shows a similar range but in the Miombo woodland zone of south-central Africa, and finally Donaldson-Smith’s occurs in the Somali-Maasai arid zone, with a rather restricted range from northern Kenya to southern Ethiopia and Somalia. Weavers are truly magical birds, combining bright plumages with ingenious weaving talents and cheerful, noisy social lives.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: A Review by an Aspiring Seawatcher

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He is currently a birding tour guide for Tropical Birding, based in Madagascar, and has co-authored a book on Birding Ethiopia. In the old days, I watched the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy the view—the wavering line between sky and water, the infinite shades of blue and green, the threatening height and roar of waves on a windy morning. Well, now I’m a birder and all that beauty is beside the point.

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What is a Catbird?

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source ) As for the final catbird, Abyssinian Catbird Parophasma galinieri , well, it is a babbler that comes from a monotypic genus and is endemic to Ethiopia. So if you are from North or Central America, Ethiopia, New Guinea, or Australia make sure to check out that meow coming from the bushes: you might just be surprised to find a bird instead of a cat! We can start first with what catbirds are not.

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Best Bird of the Year 2012

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2012 has certainly been a bumper year for me with an estimated year list of around 3,000 species after extensive travels to South Africa, Ethiopia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Russian Far East, United Kingdom, Peru, Guatemala and Panama. As 2012 draws to a close we here at 10,000 Birds thought that it would be a great idea if we, like we did in 2010 and 2011 , shared our Best Birds of the Year.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h. Contributions this month have come from; Costa Rica, USA, Australia, Mexico, Serbia, South Africa, UK, Botswana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire.

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