I have never quite made up my mind how this beautiful bush-shrike’s name should be pronounced. I favour stressing the penultimate syllable with a long “…eeee…”, and fading away on the final note. Rather like the “Cock-a-doodle..” of “Cock-a-doodle doo”. The name is born of the song which can be written as Bok-bok makeer. Thank you to Charles Hesse and www.xeno-canto.org for the recording.

JNB 20Jul14 Bokmakerie 05

Try it for yourselves; Bokmakierie. And at last the family Malaconotidae will show up on a 10,000 Birds search.

JNB 20Jul14 Bokmakerie 06

The Malaconotidae are Bush-Shrikes, a family endemic to the continent of Africa and were split from the Laniidae Shrikes after it was shown that they were sufficiently different to warrant a new branch. Many of them are brightly coloured, particularly the Telephorus genus but can often be quite shy. The Bokmakierie, Telephorus zeylonus, is not a confiding bird, but is probably the boldest of his retiring genus.

JNB 20Jul14 Bokmakerie 01

This individual was seen during a recent visit to Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens near Johannesburg, South Africa.

JNB 20Jul14 Bokmakerie 07

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.