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

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

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)

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)

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

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi)

It is a bunting with a black-and-orange bill, black-and-brown barred upperparts, and conspicuous cinnamon underparts. This bird occurs mostly solitarily or in pairs and prefers open grounds, such as quarries, gullies, rugged outcrops, moist and arid savannas, and semi-deserts, often identified due to its jarring song. Read further to know more about … Read more

African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus)

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