While ‘common’ bird names of a descriptive nature are generally of benefit in aiding identification some are downright confusing as the diagnostic feature referred to is not always readily apparent.

Cut-throat Finch

Pair of Cut-throat Finches

White-backed Duck and Red-eyed Dove are two classic examples of a feature well hidden.

Not so the endearing and aptly named Cut-throat Finch as can be clearly seen in the accompanying image of a pair close to the seed feeder at our ‘Monyena’ bushveld lodge.

For more info on birding in the bushveld of Southern Africa, and staying at our peaceful bushveld retreat in the Waterberg, contact Patrick or Marie-Louise on info@avianleisure.com or browse our website www.avianleisure.com

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