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 in the Waterberg. (Note: we sold this home in June 2020).

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