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    What the Flock – March-April 2017

    From page 27 Answer: Senegal thick-knee (Burhinus senegalensis) The Senegal thick-knee (Burhinus senegalensis) is a stone-curlew, a group of waders in the family Burhinidae. It is a resident breeder in Africa between the Sahara and the equator, and in the Nile valley. Senegal thick-knees are medium large waders with strong black and yellow black bills, large yellow eyes — which give them a reptilian appearance — and cryptic plumage. The scientific name refers to the prominent joints in the long yellow or greenish legs. They are similar but slightly smaller than the Eurasian stone-curlew, which winters in Africa. The long dark bill, single black bar on the folded wing, and…

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    Who’s Your Daddy? – 2017 May-June

    (Image) Answer: Crested-coua (Coua cristata) (Linnaeus, 1766) The crested coua (Coua cristata) is a medium-sized, approximately 44 cm long, greenish-grey coua with grey crest, blue bare orbital skin, rufous breast, brown iris, black bill and legs, white belly and long white-tipped purplish-blue tail feathers. They are very attractive birds. The crested coua is distributed and endemic to forests, savanna and brushland of Madagascar. It is found from sea-level to altitude of 900 metres. The diet consists mainly of various insects, fruits, berries, seeds, snails and chameleons. The female usually lays two white eggs in nest made from twigs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_coua

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    Who’s Your Daddy – 2017 September-October

      (IMAGE: Photo of a featherless baby bird.) Answer: Lilac crowned amazon (Amazona finschi) (IMAGE: LILAC-CROWNED AMAZON (AMAZONA FINSCHI) PHOTO STEVE DUNCAN) The lilac-crowned amazon (Amazona finschi) is a parrot endemic to the Pacific slopes of Mexico. Also known as Finsch’s amazon, the parrot is characterized by green plumage, a maroon forehead, and violet-blue crown. The binomial of this bird commemorates the German naturalist and explorer Otto Finsch. In 2006, BirdLife International classified this species as vulnerable. In 2014, IUCN uplisted this species to Endangered. Feral Birds There are feral populations of this bird in several counties in southern California. It has been observed in residential and suburban areas, but…