Bokmakierie

Telophorus zeylonus

Endemic to southern Africa, this striking, black, yellow and olive bush-shrike spends its time in open habitats; including karoo scrub, fynbos, grassland with scattered bushes and parks/gardens in urban areas.

This beautiful bird has a wide range of whistled calls (the most common of which gives this species its name, bok-bok-mak-kik), which make locating it relatively straightforward. We first recorded this species in February 2010 while visiting Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve in south east Gauteng.


Riet-Heron-441-EDITED-SM Bokmakierie / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 06 July 2013 Riet-Heron-438-EDITED-SM-2 Bokmakierie / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 06 July 2013 Bokmakierie / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 06 July 2013 Riet-Heron-453-EDITED-SM Bokmakierie / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 26 January 2014 Bokmakierie_West-Coast-National-Park,-South-Africa_26-January-2014-27-SM-SH Bokmakierie (Zeylonus) / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 15 May 2010 Bokmakierie / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 06 July 2013 Bokmakierie / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 06 July 2013 Bokmakierie (Zeylonus) / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 15 May 2010 Bokmakierie (Zeylonus) / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 15 May 2010 Bokmakierie / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 06 July 2013 Bokmakierie / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 06 July 2013 Bokmakierie (Zeylonus) / Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 15 May 2010
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