Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Little Egret

It is a smallish elegant heron with entirely white plumage, dark bill, black legs, and yellow feet. This bird occurs in various shallow water bodies or almost any habitat where small fish are present. Singles or loosely-structured groups are observed, which roost and communally. As a successful colonist, the species has a … 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

Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)

Trumpeter Hornbill

It is a large, black and white hornbill that thrives in dense woodland, thickets, coastal and riverine forests. This bird can hardly be noticeable as it eats large fruits in the forest, but, in flight, it stands out with its loud wingbeats and its renowned baby-like wail “whaa-waa-waaa” call. While it can … Read more

Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus)

Caspian Plover

It is a regal plover, with a gentle, dovelike demeanor. Non-breeding adults and immatures birds appear to be greyish-brown with dull edgings on the upperpart feathers. During the breeding period, males become striking with a whitish face and belly, divided by a wide chestnut band across its chest. Breeding females sport a … Read more

Spotted Dikkop (Burhinus capensis)

Spotted Dikkop

It is a tall, orange-brown, plover-like bird that thrives in drier habitats, avoiding the wetlands. It boasts huge yellow eyes, perfect for its nocturnal lifestyle. During the days, its puzzling plumage, allowing it to hide undercover effectively. Once the dark sets in, it comes outs again preying on insects. This bird is … Read more

Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula)

Slaty Egret

It is a small, dark bird with yellow-green legs and feet, and a reddish brown throat. The bird is often spotted alone or in small groups, thriving in floodplains and marshes. It walks slowly, shambling their feet to surprise their frey. While they are commonly resident, populations outside its focus range may … Read more

Red-winged Francolin (Scleroptila levaillantii)

Redwing Francolin

It is a medium-sized, elegantly-patterned francolin with distinctive, intricate head patterns. The large reddish-brown patches on its wings are conspicuous during flight. This shy and timid thrives on the ground on locations with dense grass, such as cultivated lands, grasslands, and open savannas. It produces a to its noisy, low-key, and repetitive … 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

Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Ringed Plover

It is a plump-sized shorebird with a stout bill. Its orange-yellow legs are conspicuous, more vivid on adults. It thrives in stony and sandy substrates along lakeshores, mudflats, estuaries, and beaches. Then, moving in the winter, roosting with other small wading birds. Read further to know more about the Ringed Plover. What … Read more

Southern White-faced Owl (Ptilopsis granti)

White-faced Owl

It is a large owl coming from scops family, but still related to the larger species of owl. It has a grayish back, dull and barred below, accentuated by a black-and-white face. It thrives in the thorny savannas and arid dense-leaved woodlands. This bird closely resembles the Northern White-faced Owl and was … Read more