37 finch species can be seen at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa

18 Nov

A chalet at Kwena Lodge near the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa

Following on our recent announcement on the planned 2012 RFCG EcoTour to South Africa and Uganda we have had additional requests to list the 37 finch species that can be seen at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa . The group will be staying at the Kwena Lodge, which is very near to the world famous Sun City resort and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, for 2 nights and below is the list of finches that can be seen at the game reserve which also has the Big 5 ( Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard and Elephant )

 Redbilled Buffalo Weaver  ( Bulalornis albirostris )
Whitebrowed Sparrow-weaver ( Plocepasser mahali )
Scalyfeathered Finch ( Sporopipes squamifrons )
Spottedbacked Weaver ( Ploceus cucullatus )
Masked Weaver ( Ploceus velatus )
Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius )
Redheaded Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps )
Redbilled Quelea ( Quelea quelea )
Red Bishop (Euplectes orix )
Golden Bishop (Euplectes afer )
Whitewinged Widow (Euplectes albonotatus )
Redcollared Widow  ( Euplectes ardens )
Longtailed Widow ( Euplectes progne )
Melba Finch (Pytilia Melba )
Bluebilled Firefinch ( Lagonosticta rubricata )
Jamesons Firefinch ( Lagonosticta rhodopareia )
Blue Waxbill ( Uraeginthus angolensis )
Violeteared Waxbill ( Granatina grantina )
Common Waxbill ( Estrilda astrild )
Blackcheeked Waxbill ( Estrilda erythronotos )
Quail Finch ( Ortygospiza atricollis )
Orangebreasted Waxbill ( Amandava subflava )
Cut-throat Finch ( Amadina fasciata )

Redheaded Finch ( Amadina erythrocephala )
Bronze Manniken ( Spermestes bicolor )
Pintailed Whydah ( Vidua macroura )
Shaft-tailed Whydah ( Vidua regia )
Paradise Whydah ( Vidua paradisaea )
Black Widowfinch ( Vidua funrea )
Purple Widowfinch ( Vidua purpurrascens )
Steelblue Widowfinch ( Vidua chalybeata )
Yelloweyed Canary ( Serinus mozambicus )
Blackthroated Canary ( Serinus atrogularis )
Streakyheaded Canary ( Serinus gularis )
Goldenbreasted Bunting ( Emberiza flaviventris )
Rock Bunting  ( Emberiza tahapisi )
Larklike Bunting  ( Emberiza impetuani )

For more information on the exciting RFCG EcoTour in August 2012 please contact Russell Kingston at indruss@bigpond.com. All profits from the tour will be donated to the Rare Finch Conservation Group

The Rare Finch Conservation Group has no full-time staff members and every member of the group volunteers their skills and services in the interests of advancing finch conservation work. The RFCG is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation . It is totally dependent on donations and sponsorships for its future survival . The RFCG is currently raising funds ( US$ 25,000 is needed ) to finance its planned Phase 3 field research work in Uganda.  For more information on this pioneering conservation group please contact editor@avitalk.co.za

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