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

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

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

Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild)

Common Waxbill

It is a smallish finch, with a red bill, long tail, and short wings. The plumage is almost entirely gray, accentuated by gray-brown bars, a dark vent, and conspicuous red mask. Often occurring in vocal groups in reedy and grassy areas in its African range, otherwise, in urban areas. It has been … 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

Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)

Red-knobbed Coot

It is a sooty grayish bird with a whitish frontal shield and beak. Its adults grow two tiny reddish horns during the breeding season. However, outside the period, the species may be harder to distinguish from the Eurasian Coot. They occur in open freshwater bodies and can be found in much of … 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

Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus)

Masked Weaver

It is a small weaverbird, with red eyes, subtly-barred yellowish-green back, and pinkish-brown legs. The males have a conspicuous black mask, while females and immature birds are dull. Prefers semi-arid locations and open savannas. These birds are resident and colonial nesters in trees or branches. Their call is a grating, swizzling note, … 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