Purple Roller (Coracias naevius)

Purple Roller

It is a bushy roller with distinct white eyebrows, and pale purple-cinnamon plumage, dappled with white streaks. Its blue wings and tail are conspicuous when it performs its rolling gymnastic flight displays. Often seen singly or in pairs, these birds thrive in open savannas, such as drier woodlands and thornveld. While it … Read more

Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis)

Spurwing Goose

It is a huge, long-necked, almost blacking waterfowl, with differing amount of white plumage on its head, wings, and belly. This bird is the largest and heaviest goose species in Africa, foraging mostly for vegetation in various moist grassland and wetland habitats. In flight, its white forewings stand out and contrast in … Read more

White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)

White-browed Coucal

It is a large, full-bodied, gawky bird from the cuckoo family, with a spotted rump and uppertail tectrices, making it easily recognizable from other coucals. Plus, it has its distinct white eyebrow, where it gots its name. It produces profound, descending “bu-bu-bu bu bu bu” notes, which often falls and rises in … Read more

Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus)

Speckled Mousebird

It is an environmental indicator species, a stubby, brownish-gray bird with a long, shabby tail. It is distinguished from its other mousebird cousin through its grayish-brown crest and blackish face and can be found creeping on bushes on its short legs. When flying, it flutters its wings vigorously as its tails seemingly … 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

Acacia Pied Barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas)

Pied Barbet

It is a fairish-sized barbet with invariable white underparts, vivid red forehead, and conspicuous yellow-and-white eyebrows. It thrives in savannas, semi-deserts, and gardens, and pairs often occur in dense treed areas and thickets abundant with cavities for nesting. Their call is a unique, wistful “poooop” repeated for about 6-7 times, followed by … Read more