One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bush shrike with conspicuous yellow underparts and a black band across the breast, common in southern Africa.
Telophorus or 'Malaconotus' zeylonus, family Laniidae
- ‘The pure, liquid sounds of two bokmakieries perched in an Acacia thorn tree carry through the air.’
- ‘Neddickies, sunbirds, sugar birds, starlings, bokmakieries, Cape robins, bulbuls and several other species are indigenous to this area, and provide excellent birdwatching opportunities.’
- ‘At night you can hear the call of the Cape Eagle owl and during the day you might see bokmakieries, sunbirds, sugar birds, steppe buzzards, heron and many many more.’
- ‘More visits to the area during the following week revealed no sign of immature bokmakieries, which suggests the probability of predation.’
- ‘The bokmakieries, canaries and a colony of vivid European bee-eaters that I spotted gave me just a glimpse of the nearly two hundred bird species that inhabit the reserve.’
- ‘An opulent jewel in the dusty, cracked landscape, it became a haven for birds, being visited by pied kingfishers, mountain chats, spoonbills, bokmakieries, a pair of black-shouldered kites.’
Mid 19th century: from Afrikaans, imitative of its call.
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