Learning About Africa’s Birds


Birds have been around since the dinosaurs and fill a variety of roles in African ecosystems, including large predators like the fish eagle, scavengers like the vulture, and helpful sidekicks like the oxpecker. Africa is the world’s second largest continent and home to an incredible variety of bird life. South Africa is … Read more

How Big Is the White-Faced Owl?

Southern White Faced Owl

The southern white-faced owl is a huge scops-owl, although relatively modest compared to other large owls. Black-and-white face with a gray back and whitish underside. Broadleaved woods and thorny savannas are their preferred habitat. The Northern White-faced Owl is a distinct species with a different call and a smaller vocal range. Like … Read more

Things to Know About the Hippopotamus

Things to Know About the Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus, also known as Hippo, Common Hippopotamus, or River Hippopotamus, is a large semiaquatic mammal common to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the only two existing species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other species being the Pygmy Hippopotamus. Its name came from the ancient Greek term of “river horse.” Today, … Read more

Learn More about Arnot’s Chat

Arnots Chat

The Arnot’s Chat, also known as the White-headed Black Chat and Myrmecocichla arnotti, is a bird species that is categorized under the Muscicapidae family. This family of birds consists of small passerine birds that emit weak songs and harsh calls. The closest relatives of the Arnot’s Chat include the European Stonechat, Cyprus … Read more

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)

Yellowbilled Kite

It is a common migrant bird in Africa that floats gently in the sky during the summer months. In winter, they migrate yearly in central-east Africa. It is arguably the most visible bird of prey in the African continent, searching and catching frogs, rodents, and insects, though it may also rely on … Read more

White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus)

White-breasted Cormorant

It is a bird formerly considered as a subspecies of the Great Cormorant, though some authors still regard them so. However, it differs from the P. carbo through its white breast, which contrasts its darker upperpart. It is viewed as a waterbird, thriving in various freshwater, brackish, and marine environments. This bird … Read more