Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Purple Heron

It is a large heron with a reddish-brown head, streaky neck, and a purplish plumage, where it got its name. It thrives in freshwater marshes brimmed with high reeds and other vegetation, hunting fish, frogs, and insects. Quite timid and rarely seen compared to the much larger, bulkier, and with a subtler … Read more

Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates)

Dark Chanting Goshawk

It is a slaty-gray bird of prey, with pink-orange legs and bill-base, standing out on its subtle plumage. Pairs thrive in densely-wooded savannas and well-leaved woodlands. This bird produces a booming “kleeeeu” call, resembling that of a gull, where it got its name. It is distinguished from its cousin through its gray-barred … Read more

Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris)

Red-billed Hornbill

It is a black-and-white hornbill, with a distinct, diminutive red bill, where it got its name. Pairs thrive in open savannas, brimmed with ample ground cover, in which the bird species can be seen hopping as they search for invertebrates. They are territorial against the same species, and bowing their heading and … 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

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