Archive | June, 2013

“Birds of Tanzania, Africa” was a great success!

We want to thank everyone who came to our presentation “Birds of Tanzania, Africa” at the Ventura County Bird Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, June 27th.

Superb Starlings, a common species of the savannas of Tanzania

Superb Starlings, a common species of the savannas of Tanzania

 

This was our very first time with the Ventura County Bird Club, and we were delighted to meet such enthusiastic individuals with a passion for wildlife.  Some members of the club even came with their feathered friends on shoulder.

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Want to Learn More About the Wildlife of Tanzania?

Tanzania, a country situated just below the equator on Africa’s east coast, is world-famous for its abundance and staggering diversity of wildlife.  Join us for a special evening at the Ventura County Bird Club, where we will explore the vast array of birdlife as well as several game species that inhabit the unique ecosystems of this fascinating country.

Tanzania in the rainy season

Tanzania in the rainy season

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What Is That Bird???

Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

 

The Marabou Stork, a large wading bird found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, can grow up to five feet in height.  Its rather ungainly and almost sinister appearance have inspired fear and legends across several cultures.  This stork is sometimes referred to as the “undertaker bird” due to its gaunt form, cloak-like wings, and white mass of “hair” when viewed from behind.  Its bald head is an adaptation for its scavenger lifestyle, in which it feeds on carrion, or animal carcasses.   The Marabou Stork will, however, eat a variety of live animals, including pelican and cormorant chicks, pigeons, frogs, reptiles, fish and small mammals  It is often found feeding among vultures.

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