African Darter (Anhinga rufa)


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

Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)

It is the largest and strongest African eagle, sporting a short crest. Either singly or in pairs, it thrives in plains, semi-deserts, and open lands, hunting for vertebrates using their incredibly keen eyesight that allows them to detect prey a few kilometers away. This has a unique hunting technique compared to its … Read more

Crowned Hornbill (Lophoceros alboterminatus)

It is a sooty-brown hornbill, with an orange-red bill and white belly. The long white-tipped tail is prominent in flight. Both sexes look similar, but females have a smaller casque occurring above the bill. Flocks thrive in lush forests, forest edges, and woodlands. Its range slightly overlaps with its hornbill cousins, but … Read more

Long-billed Pipit (Anthus similis)

It is a medium to large, slender pipit who has variable characteristics across its wide range. South Asian and African populations tend to be more heavily-barred, and browner compared to their grayer-colored counterparts in the Middle East. As their name suggests, they have a long bill, accompanied by a long tail, and … Read more

Red-breasted Swallow (Cecropis semirufa)

It is a large swallow with brick-red underparts and rump and dark blue upperparts. This bird is distinguishable from its cousins through the metallic-blue marks on the side of its heads, covering its eyes and ears. It is a tenacious flyer, swooping and changing its course frequently over open habitats, such as … Read more

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

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