Learning About Africa’s Birds

Birds

Birds have been around since the dinosaurs and fill a variety of roles in African ecosystems, including large predators like the fish eagle, scavengers like the vulture, and helpful sidekicks like the oxpecker. Africa is the world’s second largest continent and home to an incredible variety of bird life. South Africa is … Read more

How Big Is the White-Faced Owl?

The southern white-faced owl is a huge scops-owl, although relatively modest compared to other large owls. Black-and-white face with a gray back and whitish underside. Broadleaved woods and thorny savannas are their preferred habitat. The Northern White-faced Owl is a distinct species with a different call and a smaller vocal range. Like … Read more

Things to Know About the Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus, also known as Hippo, Common Hippopotamus, or River Hippopotamus, is a large semiaquatic mammal common to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the only two existing species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other species being the Pygmy Hippopotamus. Its name came from the ancient Greek term of “river horse.” Today, … Read more

Learn More about Arnot’s Chat

The Arnot’s Chat, also known as the White-headed Black Chat and Myrmecocichla arnotti, is a bird species that is categorized under the Muscicapidae family. This family of birds consists of small passerine birds that emit weak songs and harsh calls. The closest relatives of the Arnot’s Chat include the European Stonechat, Cyprus … Read more

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

It is the largest extant bird species, conspicuous due to its long neck and powerful legs. Males sport a black-and-white plumage, while females have a paler gray-brown tone. Small flocks occur in lightly-wooded county habitats, roaming several kilometers each day. While they are flightless, their wings are not useless as they use … Read more

African Hoopoe Facts

The African Hoopoe, or also known as the Upupa Africana, is a bird species under the Upupidae family. This family of colorful birds consists of Eurasian Hoopoe and Madagascan Hoopoe. Back in the day, the African Hoopoe was considered a subspecies of the Hoopoe, with a binomial name Upupa epops Africana. This … Read more