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Garden Birds of South Africa – Bokmakierie

Updated on February 25, 2016


A pictorial introduction to birds in and around a suburban South African garden with particular reference to the Western suburbs of Johannesburg and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

I have attempted to source reference of the eggs and various egg colours wherever possible.

Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus)

Male and female are similar in appearance
Male and female are similar in appearance
  • FOOD: Mainly insects. Also snails, frogs and small reptiles
  • HABITAT: Grasslands with scattered trees and shrubs. Not uncommon to suburban areas
  • NEST: Well hidden cup shaped nest in dense shrubs
  • Bokmakieries fly with fast wing beat which displays a bright yellow tip of its green tail especially when landing. They feed mainly on the ground. Size: 22–23cm


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      Michael Balcomb 4 months ago

      I would very much like to join your group

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      Andre Olwage 2 years ago from South Africa

      They are interesting and unique. I found a YouTube movie of them "singing".

      Thank you for your comment

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      very beautiful birds, wish I could see them for real