1852T. Pringle inGodlonton & IrvingNarr. of Kaffir War of 1850–51–52 247Pleasant the rest under the orange boughs — to listen to the cry of the buck-my-keerie (whip-poor-will).
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 131The wonderful duet which the cock and hen bokmakierie keep up will most assuredly attract his notice as he wanders among the protea groves of Wynberg and Claremont.
1867E.L. LayardBirds of S. Afr. 161Bacbakiri...Its loud call of ‘bacbakiri’, its imitative powers, and bright plumage, render it one of the most conspicuous birds of the colony.
1888Cape Punch 4 Apr. 203Do you see those bokmakiries? Do you hear their melody?
1908Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 98The well-known Bakbakiri..is easily recognisable by its yellow and green plumage and black chest-band.
[1910D. FairbridgeThat Which Hath Been (1913) 106Overhead a green and yellow bird cried ‘Bok, bok, bok,’ to a distant mate, whose melodious response, ‘makeri, makeri,’ echoed dreamily through the warm air.]
c1933J. Juta inA.C. PartridgeLives, Lett. & Diaries (1971) 153The haunt of..the brilliant Bokmakierie, golden, yellow and black, with a ringing clear call, sung in duets by the inseparable pairs but sounding like a single voice.
1937M. AlstonWanderings 36The green and gold of the bakbakiri shrike shone from many a fence.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 106In the English countryside the peacock’s cry announces changing weather; in the Cape the call to heed is that of the bokmakierie.
1983K.B. NewmanNewman’s Birds 380Bokmakierie, Telophorus zeylonus. Common resident...The calls are duets between both sexes and are variable, e.g. ‘bok-makiri’, ‘kok-o-vit’, ‘bok-bok-chit’, ‘wit, wit-wit’ or ‘pirrapee-pirrapoo’, each sequence repeated at about three-second intervals.
1987J. QuestBurning River 14Two bokmakieries tok-tokked and kwirred at each other outside.
1990Weekly Mail 4 May 21Since Tuesday, the country’s external radio service has been broadcasting only to Africa, the rest of the..world catching its doleful call sign — the call of the bokmakierie..— only by..chance.
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