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

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Moorhen

It is a black swamp chicken sporting a red bill with a yellow tip. Prefers freshwater or brackish marshes, on lakes, ponds, and other slow-moving water bodies circles with vegetation. This bird swims in a lurching manner and walks with on sly pace with its tail lightly cocked. It is relatively smaller … Read more

Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti)

Stripped Kingfisher

It is a small, elegant kingfisher known for its powder-blue flight and tail feathers, dark-eye band, barred brown, and creamy white color. Solitary bird or pairs occurs in savannas, woodland, and thornveld. It catches attention with its exuberant “trreeerr-trreeerr-trreeerr” and resonant “teep-tiii-rrrrr” calls. Read further to know more about the Stripped Kingfisher. … Read more

Scimitar-billed Wood Hoopoe (Rhinopomastus cyanomelas)

Scimitar-billed Wood hoopoe

It is a long, matte bird renowned for its slender, greatly-decurved black bill. This bird species avoids forests and thrives in arid, densely-leaved woodlands singly or in pairs. Most of the time, they shin around trunks, foraging for invertebrates, sometimes joining other mixed-species groups. It is easily detected through its wistful, whistled … Read more

Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)

Saddle-billed Stork

It is a slender, black-and-white stork, boasting a distinct yellow, red, and black bill. When it files, its massive size stands out, and the dark bands at the core of its white wings are conspicuous. This bird is mostly resident but may move in certain parts of its range. Individuals or pairs … Read more

Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)

Red-knobbed Coot

It is a sooty grayish bird with a whitish frontal shield and beak. Its adults grow two tiny reddish horns during the breeding season. However, outside the period, the species may be harder to distinguish from the Eurasian Coot. They occur in open freshwater bodies and can be found in much of … Read more

Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)

Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus

It is a huge, vigilant-looking, brownish lapwing, with a conspicuous annular white halo, circled by a black crown. Small groups occur in open dry habitats, such as open grasslands and scrublands, and sparse woodlands. Mostly resident, but may do necessary movements should there be adverse conditions in their habitat. These birds love … Read more

Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

It is a medium-sized, striking shorebird that thrives in marshes and grassy fields. Both males and females sport a distinct comma-like mark across the eye. Strong sexual dimorphism is observed on these birds and their roles interchange during the breeding season. Read further to know more about the Greater Painted Snipe. What … Read more

St Lucia Wetland Park (now iSimangaliso Wetland Park)

St Lucia Wetland Park

St Lucia Wetland Park or now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is a wonder and wildlife paradise. It is South Africa’s very first UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and the third largest protected area in the region. Located in KwaZulu Natal, the wetland park covers 328,000 hectares of stunning scenery … Read more

Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)

Marabou Stork

It is a large, morbid-looking stork, with a huge pointed bill, bare, seemingly burned, pink head and neck. This bird flies seamlessly as it searches for food, displaying its conspicuous white belly. As opportunistic feeders, they are often seen near carrions, and kills of terrestrial predators, patiently waiting to grab some scraps. … Read more