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TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Pied crow (Corvus albus) vocalising. The Pied Crow is a gregarious bird, which makes a large range of calls and often mimics other bird species. In this clip the nictating membrane of the bird is revealed as the bird was perched in the sun on a hot day. The nictitating membrane is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals that can be drawn across the eye for protection and to moisten it. Crows, which are omnivorous, are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, in open country with scattered trees. It feeds on insects, eggs, bats, young birds, seeds and other plant matter. It is also found around populated areas where it will feed on scraps of human food. It will flock to feed, roost and mob birds of prey. The pied crow, which is monogamous, is found in Africa south of the Sahara. Filmed in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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