Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Rock Thrush's (Genus Monticola) Edit complete

Forest Rock-ThrushMonticola sharpeiLeast Concern
Amber Mountain Rock-ThrushMonticola erythronotusEndangered
Benson's Rock-ThrushMonticola sharpei bensoniMerged with 6247 F R T
Littoral Rock-ThrushMonticola imerinaLeast Concern
Cape Rock-ThrushMonticola rupestrisLeast Concern
Sentinel Rock-ThrushMonticola exploratorLeast Concern
Short-toed Rock-ThrushMonticola brevipesLeast Concern
Transvaal Rock-ThrushMonticola pretoriaeSub- species
Miombo Rock-ThrushMonticola angolensisLeast Concern
Rufous-tailed Rock-ThrushMonticola saxatilisLeast Concern
Little Rock-ThrushMonticola rufocinereusLeast Concern
Blue-capped Rock-ThrushMonticola cinclorhynchusLeast Concern
White-throated Rock-ThrushMonticola gularisLeast Concern
Chestnut-bellied Rock-ThrushMonticola rufiventrisLeast Concern
Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitariusLeast Concern

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Pittidae Passeriformes.
Superfamilia - Pittoidea

view photos Photo January 31, 2009 by wokoti © all rights reserved

Slideshow courtesy The Friends Of Worldbirds© all rights reserved

Photo by Michael Gillam © all rights reserved
แต้วแล้วลาย Malayan Banded Pitta (female) - Pitta irena by Michael Gillam

World No
Common Name         
Scientific Name
3968Eared Pitta Anthocincla phayreiLeast ConcernTSN: 711470
3969Blue-naped PittaHydrornis nipalensisLeast ConcernTSN: 562238
3970Blue-rumped PittaHydrornis sororLeast ConcernTSN: 562245
3971Rusty-naped PittaHydrornis oatesiLeast ConcernTSN: 562240
3972Schneider's PittaHydrornis schneideriVulnerableTSN: 562243
3973Giant PittaHydrornis caeruleaNear ThreatenedTSN: 562224
3974Blue PittaPitta cyaneaLeast ConcernTSN: 562225
3975Javan Banded PittaHydrornis guajanaLeast ConcernTSN: 711668 -
Malayan banded pittaHydrornis irenaNear ThreatenedTSN: 711669
Bornean banded pittaHydrornis schwaneriLeast ConcernTSN: 711671
3976Bar-bellied PittaPitta elliotiiLeast ConcernTSN: 562228
3977Gurney's PittaPitta gurneyiEndangeredTSN: 562232
3978Blue-headed PittaPitta baudiiVulnerableTSN: 562222
3979Hooded PittaPitta sordidaLeast ConcernTSN: 562244 -
3980Ivory-breasted PittaPitta maximaLeast ConcernTSN: 562235
3981Superb PittaPitta superbaEndangeredTSN: 562247
3982Azure-breasted PittaPitta steeriiVulnerableTSN: 562246
3983Whiskered PittaPitta kochiLeast ConcernTSN: 562234
Sulawesi PittaPitta celebensisNo DataTSN: 711675
3984Red-bellied PittaPitta erythrogasterLeast ConcernNR
Papuan PittaPitta macklotiiNo dataNR
3985Sula PittaPitta dohertyiNear ThreatenedTSN: 711678
3986Blue-banded PittaPitta arcuataLeast ConcernTSN: 711471
3987Garnet PittaPitta granatinaNear ThreatenedTSN: 711699
3988Black-crowned PittaPitta venustaVulnerableTSN: 562248
3989African PittaPitta angolensisLeast concernTSN: 562220
3990Green-breasted PittaPitta reichenowiLeast concernTSN: 562242
3991Indian PittaPitta brachyuraLeast concernTSN: 562223
3992Fairy PittaPitta nymphaVulnerableTSN: 562239
3993Blue-winged PittaPitta moluccensisLeast concernTSN: 562237
3994Mangrove PittaPitta megarhynchaNear ThreatenedTSN: 562236
3995Elegant PittaPitta elegansLeast concernTSN: 711721
3996Rainbow PittaPitta irisLeast concernTSN: 562233
3997Noisy PittaPitta versicolorLeast concernTSN: 562249
3998Black-faced PittaPitta anerythraLeast concernTSN: 562219
Black-and-crimson PittaPitta ussheriNear ThreatenedTSN: 711700

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Video by Cole Onyx © all rights reserved

What type of person could do this.

Blue crane massacre

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Kimberley - In a massive blow to the population of South Africa’s national bird, between 200 and a thousand blue cranes have been poisoned, allegedly by a well-known Northern Cape farmer.
The farmer, from the Richmond district in the Northern Cape, allegedly poisoned the birds over a period of three years since 2012.
While his reasons for the alleged poisonings are still unclear, the birds were apparently attracted to newly planted fields and pivots on his farm, which is designated as a sheep and cattle farm, further raising the possible contravention of land use and irrigation development laws by the farmer.
Neighbours on Monday said the “illegal” irrigation pivot went into operation in 2012, when the first carcasses were found. It now appears as if the poisoning continued until recently.
According to reports, farm workers were instructed to dip corn in a poison called Temic, also known as “Two Step” or Aldicarb, to deliberately poison the birds. The workers then had to collect the carcasses of the dead birds and bury them in porcupine and aardvark holes.
While the total number of carcasses found is believed to be around 200, sources on Monday revealed that the number might be closer to a thousand.

BLUE CRANESSome of the carcasses that were discovered after the alleged poisoning. Picture: SuppliedDiamond Fields Advertiser

The owner of the farm could face a myriad of charges if found guilty of deliberate poisoning, including contravening animal protection, nature conservation, environmental management, land use and poison management legislation, which includes the Northern Cape Provincial Conservation Act and the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act.
Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, who was on Monday busy with the investigation into the alleged “mass murders” of the national bird, said he would be conducting toxicology reports on some of the carcasses to determine what poison was used to kill the birds.
“I don’t want to believe that this is true but all evidence so far points to the fact that hundreds of blue cranes were deliberately poisoned,” Verdoorn said.
He said that the misuse of any form of Aldicarb (registered in South Africa by Bayer Crop Science until 2012) was a serious crime under the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act.
“It is prohibited to use any insecticide for any other use than what is indicated on the label. On the label there is no indication for its use on birds and such action therefore makes it a criminal offence,” Verdoorn said.
He further stated that the poisoning of any animal without a permit was in contravention of nature conservation laws in all provinces.
He requested that any information that could assist in the investigation be relayed to him on 082 446 8946.
Various agricultural and environmental groups on Monday condemned the alleged incident and expressed disappointment at the “cruel and deliberate mass murder” of the blue cranes.
Agri Northern Cape on Monday said it regretted the unfortunate loss of the blue cranes and “condemned in the strongest terms possible the illegal killing of any wildlife”.
A concerned resident from the Richmond area said on Monday that the incident impacted “substantially” on the conservation of blue cranes in the Northern Cape because the area had one of the largest number of blue cranes in their natural habitat in the world.
“This grouping was one of the largest in a single area. It is a serious blow to the blue crane population as there are less blue cranes left than there are rhinos. Around 20 years ago there were about 100 000 and today there are less than 20 000,” the resident said.
The blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus) is currently listed as vulnerable in the Eskom Red Data Book of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and the 2010 International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)’s Red List.
The central Karoo population of the south-eastern region of the Northern Cape is one of South Africa’s three blue crane strongholds.
No expense should be spared solving this heinous crime. Harsh penalties should be handed out. 
They are fabulous birds and this is an awful tragedy.