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A little birdie told me ….

Do you ever have one of those days when you feel quiet and introspective?  You look around and see the world differently and think about deeper things than normal.   Today is one of those days for me and so with this in mind, and with Wilkinson’s World being mainly about birds and nature, lets ponder on a few quotes about birds that dig a little deeper than the surface.  I hope you enjoy the photos that I’ve chosen to go with each thought.

“I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird, or the rising of the sun on a misty morning.  There they are – and they are beautiful.”                  Pete Hamill

   Rufus-naped lark

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.         Rabindranath Tagore

  Green-winged pytilia

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.               J G Holland

  Swallow-tailed bee-eater

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.              John Berry

  Yellow-bellied greenbul

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.                William Blake

  Great egret


Acknowledgement and thanks to the contributors on :    Bird Quotes – BrainyQuote

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Bird of the Week – Week 106 – Green-winged pytilia

The Green-winged pytilia is a very attractive little finch with a length of about 13 cm. It is quite common throughout Africa south of the Sahara, although within the southern African region it is limited to the northern part of the region and is also largely absent from central Botswana. Their favoured habitat is the Acacia savannah, where they usually stay close to areas of thicker vegetation.

Green-winged pytilia

Previously called the Melba finch, the Green-winged pytilia is a popular cage bird.

The males and females are similar in size, but are quite different in their plumage. The male has a red forehead, throat and cheeks; grey head, face and nape of the neck. The rump is red; the tail brown with red edging; the breast is a greeny-gold colour and the balance of the under-parts are white barred with black, The female lacks the red on the head, the entire head being grey, and the throat and breast are white barred with black. Both sexes have orange-red bills and grey-brown legs and feet.

Green-winged pytilia

Green-winged pytilias feed mainly on seeds and insects, particularly termites. They generally forage on fairly open ground or in low vegetation, in pairs or in small groups. They are quite shy and retiring by nature and in spite of their bright colouring are often overlooked.

Green-winged pytilia

Green-winged pytilias are monogamous and build a nest that is an untidy ball of dry grass with a side entrance, and is generally located in a thorny bush just one to two metres above the ground. The females usually lay a clutch of four or five white eggs that hatch after an incubation period of about 14 days. The nest may be parasitized by the Long-tailed paradise whydah (Vidua paradisaea).

Green-winged pytilia

The scientific binomial for the Green-winged pytilia is Pytilia melba; Pytilia from the Greek for the diminutive form of the grosbeak genus Pitylus; and melba which was the name used by Linnaeus, apparently without explanation and the derivation of which is unknown.

Green-winged pytilia