Reed Cormorant ( (Microcarbo africanus)

Reed Cormorant

It is a small, barred-backed cormorant, which is widespread and a common sight in freshwater bodies. Adult birds are blacking, accentuated by a short dark crest above their bills. Juveniles and immature birds sport duller underparts. While they occur in their habitats along with the Great Cormorant, Reed Cormorants are distinguishable through … Read more

Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis)

Long-crested Eagle

It is a large, bulky, darkish eagle, with a tall, flabby crest. This bird thrives in plantations, farmlands, woodlands, orchards, open forest, and forest edges. Prefers perching for extended periods but once in a while, soars. A prolonged, booming “kweeeeeyaa” characterizes its call. Read further to know more about the Long-crested Eagle. … Read more

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Cattle Egret

It is a small, stocky white egret with a rotund yellow bill. Legs are black during the non-breeding season, which turns red or yellow in the breeding period. These birds are often seen in the dry land, following tractors, and especially cattle on fields, in which it gots its name. It has … Read more

Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens)

Pink-backed Pelican

It is small compared to its pelican cousins, yet it is still a large bird. This species occurs in open water wetlands habitats with slow-moving water, usually in small groups. It is generally pale gray, with a pinkish bill, and a pink back, where it got its name. Read further to know … Read more

Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)

Red-billed Wood hoopoe

It is a long, metallic green-and-black bird with a distinct elongated, retrorse, red-orange bill, and red feet. This bird is a hefty flier, with its lengthy, saggy, white-tipped tail swinging loosely while in flight. Pretty gregarious, pairs and small flocks of up to 14 individuals can be seen thriving in woodlands, savannas, … Read more

African Darter (Anhinga rufa)

Darter

It is a long, slender waterbird that swims in water bodies with its body submerged, and only its S-shaped neck can be seen on the surface. This cormorant-like species frequents freshwater wetlands, ranging from tranquil to fast-moving waters. Adult birds are mostly black, accentuated by whitish streaks and flecks. During the breeding … Read more