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Image credit: Malachite Sunbird, Nectarinia famosa, male Derek Keats

Over 90 bird species have been recorded at the Oliewenhuis koppie and gardens, making it a bird lover’s paradise. The Oliewenhuis Art Museum is situated on Grant’s Hill in Bloemfontein and is surrounded by 12 acres of natural vegetation. The Oliewenhuis koppie stretches right up to the boundary fence on top of the hill. It has four well marked walking trails through the unspoilt natural surroundings.

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

Abstract

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).