Familiar Chat Back Issues-March 2014

What is Botswana’s National Bird? Ask around and you’ll probably get many different answers. The internet tells us Botswana’s National Bird is
the Lilac-breasted Roller – can the internet be wrong? A “reliable source” within BirdLife tells us the Lilacbreasted Roller has never been
the official choice. However, Botswana is soon to adopt the less colourful – but more stately, Kori Bustard. As one of the heaviest flying birds, it can weigh up to 20Kg.
It’s meat has long been considered as fit for chiefs only. These days, poaching is a serious problem and the species, like too many others, is endangered.

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