African Darter (Anhinga rufa)

Darter

It is a long, slender waterbird that swims in water bodies with its body submerged, and only its S-shaped neck can be seen on the surface. This cormorant-like species frequents freshwater wetlands, ranging from tranquil to fast-moving waters. Adult birds are mostly black, accentuated by whitish streaks and flecks. During the breeding … Read more

Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis)

Long-crested Eagle

It is a large, bulky, darkish eagle, with a tall, flabby crest. This bird thrives in plantations, farmlands, woodlands, orchards, open forest, and forest edges. Prefers perching for extended periods but once in a while, soars. A prolonged, booming “kweeeeeyaa” characterizes its call. Read further to know more about the Long-crested Eagle. … Read more

African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta)

Pygmy Kingfisher

It is a tiny, jewel-like kingfisher, characterized by a thin, dark blue crown, and an orange face with violet cheek streaks. This bird species thrives on lower vegetation levels in particular forests, thickets, but more commonly of woodlands. Unassuming, it stays motionless for an extended period before rapidly pursuing their prey. The … Read more

Three-banded Plover (Charadrius tricollaris)

Three-banded Plover

It is a small, dark plover that thrives in freshwater and brackish wetland easily recognizable with its broad forehead, and white and two black bands on its breast. This bird agilely along water surfaces and edges, searching for food and pecking spotted prey. It has a renowned card, a quick rasping series … Read more

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

European Swallow

It is a distinctive passerine bird, easily recognizable with its metallic or steel-blue upperparts, rufous forehead, chin and throat, orange-buff breast and belly, and incredibly long forked-tail. It is highly adaptable, now nesting in near human settlements under docks, in barns, and on buildings and bridges. These birds are common and stable … Read more

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Purple Heron

It is a large heron with a reddish-brown head, streaky neck, and a purplish plumage, where it got its name. It thrives in freshwater marshes brimmed with high reeds and other vegetation, hunting fish, frogs, and insects. Quite timid and rarely seen compared to the much larger, bulkier, and with a subtler … Read more