Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

Ostrich

It is the largest extant bird species, conspicuous due to its long neck and powerful legs. Males sport a black-and-white plumage, while females have a paler gray-brown tone. Small flocks occur in lightly-wooded county habitats, roaming several kilometers each day. While they are flightless, their wings are not useless as they use … Read more

White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)

White-face Duck

It is a conspicuous duck with a black-and-white head, reddish-brown breast, spotted sides. Same with its other whistling duck cousins, it resembles a goose due to its long neck and legs. It thrives in freshwater lakes, marshes, and rice fields, flocking in hundreds or thousands, quite spreading throughout sub-Saharan Africa and South … Read more

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)

White-fronted Bee-eater

It is a bee-eater bird with striking and colorful plumage, making it easily recognizable. Pairs and groups thrive in woodland near water sources, scrubs, and hillsides, especially along earthen mounds, where they form colonies of more up to 450 individuals. This bird species has one of the most intricate societies, involving families … Read more

Swamp Nightjar (Caprimulgus natalensis)

Natal Nightjar

It is a fairish-sized, common nightjar characterized by bold scaly markings on its backs. A wide, dull patch occurs on the outer tail, buff in female while whitish in males.  It thrives in open and palm savannas, and wet grasslands. Like its cousins, this bird is nocturnal or crepuscular, hunting from night … Read more

Marsh Owl (Asio capensis)

Marsh Owl

It is a relatively large, brown owl, with distinct tiny ear tufts. While mainly nocturnal, it is sometimes seen active before dusk and after dawn. Prefers moist grasslands, marshes, and cultivated lands. It is known to store food items in enclosed spaces or “caches” for later consumption. Not vociferous and generally silent … Read more

Interesting Facts About The Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard

The Kori Bustard, also referred to as the Ardeotis kori, is the largest flying bird endemic to Africa. It is a member of the bustard family, which belongs to the order Otidiformes. Like most bustards, the Kori Bustard is a ground-dwelling bird and an opportunistic omnivore. This bird species was first described … Read more