Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa)

Malachite Sunbird

Its breeding males are conspicuous with their vivid green plumage and long tail. Eclipse plumage is duller but still displays some green iridescence and extended tail. Females sport a paler feathering and a long bill. These birds thrive in fynbos, scrublands, moorlands, wild tree plantations, and grasslands. The species’ call is characterized … Read more

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)

Tawny Eagle

It is a medium-large eagle that occurs in different colors, ranging from whitish to creamy, reddish-brown, and occasionally slightly darker brown tone. This bird occurs in open scrubs and plains, avoiding dense forests and rarely observed over water. It is not as massive-looking as other eagles, and never seen in a vivid … Read more

Diederik Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius)

Diederik Cuckoo

It is a smallish, greenish cuckoo, with a booming, piercing, and distinctive “deee-deee-deee-dederik” call, in which it got its name. Males have white stipples on the wings, streaked flanks, and red eyes accentuated by a red eyering. Meanwhile, coppery-green females, have a white smear in front of their eyes, and white marks … Read more

Pel’s Fishing Owl (Scotopelia peli)

Pels Fishing Owl

It is a large, round-headed, rufous-brown owl, with a murky, spots, bars, spots, covering its plumage. Quite timid, this nocturnal bird forages at night, while day-roosting secludedly on huge trees nears swamps and rivers with dense vegetation. Its call is a hollow, horn-like “ooommm” call, accompanies by a chain of grumbles. Read … Read more

Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne)

Long-tailed Widow

It is a large darkish widowbird, whose males are conspicuous in their breeding plumage due to their massive tail, and red and white streaks on their broad dark wings. Females sport a brown and streaky plumage throughout the year. Prefers moist grasslands, open habitats, and cultivated areas, occurring in flocks, especially outside … Read more

Cape Fox (Vulpes chama)

CAPE FOX- Vulpes chama

It is a small snuggly and elegant fox, with conspicuous big ears, often regarded as the South African counterpart of the Fennec Fox. It is the only true fox in its range in southern Africa, thriving in semi-arid regions, savannas, and grassy plains while finding refuge in burrows, holes, and dense thickets. … Read more