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

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

Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus)

Malachite Kingfisher

It is a smallish, jewel-like kingfisher, preferring nearly all habitats with water, such as rivers, lakes, lagoons, and rice paddies. It hunts by sitting motionless on a perch for extended periods, before diving to the water and catching its spotted prey. The call is characterized by a grating “tsik” often given while … Read more

European Roller (Coracias garrulus)

European Roller

It is a migratory bird, summering in Europe and wintering in Africa. Striking and conspicuous with its light blue plumage, coppery back, and crow-resembling bill. Frequents open to semi-open countries, with sparse trees and woods. Often observed solitarily or a part of small flocks, feeding on larger insects or perching on wires, … Read more

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

European Swallow

It is a distinctive passerine bird, easily recognizable with its metallic or steel-blue upperparts, rufous forehead, chin and throat, orange-buff breast and belly, and incredibly long forked-tail. It is highly adaptable, now nesting in near human settlements under docks, in barns, and on buildings and bridges. These birds are common and stable … 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

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

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle Rudis)

Pied Kingfisher

It is a black-and-white kingfisher, with a shiny black bill and short, busky crest. Pairs or small groups are often observed perching together. It thrives in various waterside habitats, such from estuaries, lakes, and to mangroves. It is renowned for its fishing technique and regarded as the largest bird in the world … Read more

Ruff (Calidris pugnax)

Ruff

It is an uncommon locally relatively common bird, breeding it wet grassy meadows and bogs. Migrant populations can occur nearly in all wetland areas, such as coastal mudflats, reservoirs, and fields. Males have distinct neck ruffs while non-breeding birds have highly variable plumage. Its flight is sluggish, accompanied by deep flabby wingbeats. … Read more

Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

European Wheatear

It is a smallish bird, sporting a black-and-white tail, which is conspicuous in flight. Adult males are mostly pale bluish-gray, with a dark mask, buffy throat, black wings, and gray back in the breeding plumage. Females appear to be paler brownish sans the dark mask. Outside the breeding period, adults tend to … Read more