White-browed sparrow-weaver

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The white-browed sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser mahali, valkokulmakutoja in Finnish) is a predominantly brown, sparrow-sized bird found throughout central and north-central southern Africa. It is found in groups of two to eleven individuals consisting of one breeding pair and nonreproductive individuals and build several nests in one tree.

When a predator nears the territory of white-browed sparrow weavers, all the birds chirp in chorus in an audible example of their cooperative habits. They search for food in flocks of 20 or more birds.

Other birds, such as red-headed finches, sometimes use the nests of white-browed sparrow weavers. The main predators of sparrow weavers are falcons and kites. Vervet monkeys and snakes raid the nests to eat the eggs and chicks.

These pictures were taken in Kalahari, South Africa.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Swallow-tailed bee-eater

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The swallow-tailed bee-eater (Merops hirundineus, haaramehiläissyöjä in Finnish) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It is partially migratory, moving in response to rainfall patterns.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. Its colours and readily visible forked tail make this species unmistakable. It is mainly green with a yellow throat, blue gorget and black eye stripe and beak. It can reach a length of 20–22 cm, including the long forked green or blue feathers. Sexes are alike.

This is a species which prefers somewhat more wooded country than most bee-eaters. This attractive bird is readily approached. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Swallowtail has a preference for honeybees. [Source: Wikipedia]

These pictures were taken in Kalahari, South Africa. Note: the first picture is a combination of four images.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Lunch for jungle crow

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The jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos, paksunokkavaris in Finnish), is a widespread Asian species of crow. It is very adaptable and is able to survive on a wide range of food sources, making it capable of colonizing new areas, due to which it is often considered a nuisance, especially on islands. It has a large bill which is the source of its scientific name macrorhynchos (Ancient Greek for “large beak”), and it is sometimes known by the common names large-billed crow or thick-billed crow.

I took this picture in Bangkok, where – to my understanding – the rice bowl was served especially for these birds (and probably for the spirits as well, as there was a spirit house next to the table).

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.

 

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Anteater chat

 

Always alerted: any ants available?

Southern anteater chats (Myrmecocichla formicivora, muurahaistasku in Finnish) photographed in Kalahari, South Africa.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Ernesto Neto in Kiasma

Gigantic colorful crochet installations! Made by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto.

You have to see and experience (yes, you can ‘go in’ of some of those) them with your own senses: “Through his art, Neto offers a moment of respite from the bustle of everyday life, calming the mind and tuning the senses.” So go to Kiasma, the modern art museum of Finland. The installations are on show till September 4th.

(Click any image to open the gallery.)
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Hooded crow having lunch

Hooded crow (Corvus cornix, varis in Finnish) is one of the most intelligent and adaptable birds. Here one is having yogurt (and probably reading daily news afterwards), and the other eating cherries stolen from a market vendor. Pictures taken close to Helsinki Market Square in Finland ten years apart in June 2006 and July 2016, so apparently these are different individuals.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Tuscany landscapes

Tuscany in Italy is well known for its lovely landscape and sceneries (not only chianti). Here are some taken in the province of Siena in June this year.

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