The Ornithology Department of the National Museum is calling upon members of the public to look out for the Red- Billed Buffalo- weaver in the Free State and to report any sightings. From the distribution data available, this weaver is now extinct to the Free State. Deforestation of large tracks of camel thorn savannah for agriculture and firewood has been identified as the likely cause of the local extinction of this weaver.
The Red-billed Buffalo-weaver is a large, heavy-billed weaver that has a red to orange coloured bill. The male has black plumage and its flank feathers are mottled with white. The female’s plumage is more brownish black and the feathers on the belly are slightly scaled.
Dawid H. de Swardt1, Department of Ornithology, National Museum, Bloemfontein; Alan Lee2, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town; Hennie J.B. Butler3, Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein; H. Dieter Oschadleus4, School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa) and Drakensberg Prinia (Prinia hypoxantha) from various localities in South Africa and Lesotho were studied. Biometric data were obtained mainly during ringing studies. Karoo Prinia biometrics were analysed at subspecies level (P. m. maculosa, P. m. exultans, P. m. psammophila).
During the past few years I have studied African Rock Pipits vocalizations and behaviour in various localities in South Africa and Lesotho. This species is endemic and has a continuous distribution range along the main escarpment, with a few isolated populations in the Northern Cape and also in the Gauteng area (near Suikerbosrand in the Nigel area).
Twee van die skaars Barlow se Lewerike (Barlow’s Lark) wat by Mariculture Park buite Port Nolloth gevang en gering is.
Dawie de Swardt (Departement Ornitologie) het die 12de Birds of Prey-konferensie, wat ’n werkgroep van die Endangered Wildlife Trust is, in Maart by Witsand Natuurreservaat bygewoon.