Dog-collared Sombre Blackbird

The Dog-Collared Sombre Blackbird (Clericus polydenominata) is a large black-plumaged bird, displaying a white collar around its throat, that is often found around old buildings with spires. It is very sociable, and has a distinctive call that sounds like "Brrrrr—rethren." It often congregates with flocks of Common Laity. This bird was first described in 1963 by Frank Goodliffe in the South African scientific journal Bokmakierie. It was later listed in the journal Zoological Record as a member of the family Icteridae (which includes such birds as the American Orioles). M.A. Traylor later suggested that it properly belonged in the family Ploceidae, the Bishop Birds.
Reference: F.A. Goodliffe. "Dog-collared Sombre Blackbird (Clericus polydenominata)." Bokmakierie 15 (1963): 9.



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O, Father Blackbird
calling blessings in the night
How about 'dem O's?
Posted by #1F  in  NNVA  on  Wed Nov 22, 2006  at  08:43 PM
Baltimore Blackbird,
Old Oriole Supporter,
Pray for our team
Posted by #1F  in  NNVA  on  Wed Nov 22, 2006  at  08:45 PM
Brrrrrethren!I hear
Dog-collared sombre blackbird
Flying with its frieds
Posted by J  on  Sat Nov 25, 2006  at  02:48 AM
That should be friends
Posted by J  on  Tue Jan 09, 2007  at  02:59 AM