Picathartes birds in Africa, video

This video says about itself:

The Birds That Have Lived for 44 Million Years – Africa – BBC

24 March 2016

The Picathartes have lived in the Congo for 44 million years. When these birds mate they mate for life; therefore they have to make a good team.

African frogs’ mating season, video

This video says about itself:

Frog Fights For Female Attention – Africa – BBC

16 March 2016

One frog is on the biggest climb of his life, a male in search of a mate but he has to overcome some obstacles first.

Rhinos at night, video

This video says about itself:

You Won’t Believe What Rhinos Do At Night – Africa – BBC

24 February 2016

We had no idea that rhinos met to socialise and build friendships at night but also slightly flirtatious …

African bird tricks meerkats, video

This video says about itself:

Drongo Bird Tricks Meerkats – Africa – BBC

17 February 2016

The Drongo is the Kalahari‘s greatest trickster and the meerkats are his victims of trickery but first he must win their confidence… Taken from Africa.

World Pangolin Day, 20 February 2016

This video is called Orphaned Cape Pangolin baby pulling a tongue.

From Pangolins.org:

The fifth annual World Pangolin Day will be celebrated on 20 February 2016!

World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in February.

World Pangolin Day is an opportunity for pangolin enthusiasts to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals — and their plight. Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining in Asia and Africa.

The demand for pangolins comes mostly from China, where pangolin scales are unfortunately believed to be a cure-all of sorts and pangolin flesh is considered a delicacy. In Vietnam, pangolins are frequently offered at restaurants catering to wealthy patrons who want to eat rare and endangered wildlife. There is no evidence to support claims regarding medicinal properties of pangolin scales or any other part of the pangolin.

Connect, get updates and share ideas for #worldpangolinday at facebook.com/WorldPangolinDay

Watch an adorable baby Cape pangolin named “Champ” stick out his tongue .

Hyena love life, video

This video says about itself:

Female Dominance Over Male Hyenas – Animals In Love – BBC

3 February 2016

Adult males, within hyenas society, are below every other female. A three week old female cub will be more dominant then a 20 year old male part of the clan. The team set out to observe some of these dominant females…

The video is about spotted hyenas.

Eurasian songbirds’ singing while wintering in Africa

This video shows a great reed warbler singing.

From The American Naturalist in the USA:

Why do migratory birds sing on their tropical wintering grounds?

Migratory songbirds may sing during the winter months to improve their song quality ahead of the springtime mating season

Marjorie C. Sorensen, Claire N. Spottiswoode, and Susanne Jenni-Eiermann

The first notes of bird song signal the arrival of spring as well as the beginning of mate attraction season, and for many songbird species males with the most elaborate songs do best when it comes to attracting females. But why do many migratory songbirds sing during the winter, when they are thousands of kilometers away from their breeding grounds and the prospect of attracting a mate? This was the long-unanswered question tackled by Marjorie Sorensen, Susanne Jenni-Eiermann, and Claire Spottiswoode.

To answer this question, the researchers test three hypotheses to explain why winter singing might benefit long-distance migratory songbirds. First, birds may sing to defend winter feeding territories; second, males may sing during winter to improve the quality of their songs; and third, high testosterone levels during breeding may linger over the winter months and promote singing as a byproduct.

To test these hypotheses, the scientists combine a field study of wintering great reed warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) in Zambia and a comparison across all songbird species that breed in the Palearctic and migrate to sub-Saharan Africa. All the collected evidence points towards great reed warblers singing in winter to improve their song quality, and across species those with the strongest sexual selection for song quality sang most intensely in Africa. This suggests that males with the most to gain from singing complex songs during breeding sing most often in Africa for the purpose of song improvement. This study sheds light on this perplexing behavior and the far-reaching effects of sexual selection throughout the annual cycle.