Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Squacco Heron

It is a bird that migrates from Europe to Africa during the winter, thriving in marshes, ponds, lakes, with reed beds and other vegetations. This bird pursues its prey quite sluggishly, crouching quietly at water edges. It is buffy brown at rest but becomes mostly white when in flight as its white … Read more

Amur Falcon (Falco amurensis)

Eastern Red-footed Kestrel

It is a small falcon, whose adult males sport a sooty-gray plumage with reddish-brown to orange vent and thighs. Females have subtler gray upperparts, while the underside is white, marked with darkish “V” marks. It is recognizable from its falcon cousins through its red-orange cere, eyering, and feet. A resilient migrant, it … Read more

Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)

Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus

It is a huge, vigilant-looking, brownish lapwing, with a conspicuous annular white halo, circled by a black crown. Small groups occur in open dry habitats, such as open grasslands and scrublands, and sparse woodlands. Mostly resident, but may do necessary movements should there be adverse conditions in their habitat. These birds love … Read more

Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

It is a medium-sized, striking shorebird that thrives in marshes and grassy fields. Both males and females sport a distinct comma-like mark across the eye. Strong sexual dimorphism is observed on these birds and their roles interchange during the breeding season. Read further to know more about the Greater Painted Snipe. What … Read more

African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus)

Open-billed Stork

It is a fairish-sized stork with an all-dark plumage, accentuated by a greenish gleam, and a distinctly-shaped bill, which produces a gap between half of its bill. It thrives in swamps, lakes, pans, and other still water habitats, feeding primarily on snails and mussels. Its flight is hefty and slow. Long neck … Read more

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

Crowned Crane

It is a majestic, blue-gray crane, with a black-and-white face, renowned for its golden-yellow crown. Prefers flooded grasslands, wetlands, and other various water bodies and open habitats, occurring in singles, pairs, or small flocks. Mainly resident but may do necessary movements within its range following the rains. Groups quickly attract attention with … Read more

Flappet Lark (Mirafra rufocinnamomea)

Flappet Lark

It is a small, stubby lark, with a barred head, short bill, and scalloped tips on its wing feathers, producing a scaly appearance on its back. Pairs can often be seen in open woodlands, grassy savannas, drainage lines, and clearings, running slyly while catching insects in shrubs and grass tufts. The adult … Read more

African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp)

Pied Wagtail

It is black-and-white wagtail occurring in Africa, sporting distinct white wing panels and eyebrow and a distinct black patch on the throat. Pairs or family groups can be found in a broad range of habitats, even those altered by human activities. It runs on the ground as it pursues prey while its … Read more

Wildlife and Local People

Wildlife and Local People

Wildlife and the local people are intricately connected. Conservation of wildlife and their habitat requires local communities’ commitment to safeguard all species and protect our natural resources. Local people play an essential role in conservation concerns as they have the right to make decisions about their resources. However, the ongoing challenge is … Read more

Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)

Saddle-billed Stork

It is a slender, black-and-white stork, boasting a distinct yellow, red, and black bill. When it files, its massive size stands out, and the dark bands at the core of its white wings are conspicuous. This bird is mostly resident but may move in certain parts of its range. Individuals or pairs … Read more