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Africam Birds Database

Africam - Birds Database

"Clicking on the names in the list will take you directly to the specific bird"

  1. African Black Duck
  2. African Comb Duck
  3. African Crowned Eagle
  4. African Cuckoo
  5. African Fish Eagle
  6. African Green Pigeon
  7. African Harrier Hawk
  8. African Hawk Eagle
  9. African Jacana
  10. African Openbill
  11. African Pied Wagtail
  12. African Spoonbill
  13. Amur Falcon
  14. Arrow-marked Babbler
  15. Barn Owl
  16. Bateleur
  17. Bearded Woodpecker
  18. Bennett's Woodpecker
  19. Blacksmith Lapwing
  20. Black-collared Barbet
  21. Black-crowned Night Heron
  22. Black-headed Heron
  23. Black-shouldered Kite
  24. Blue Waxbill
  25. Brown-headed Parrot
  26. Brown-hooded Kingfisher
  27. Brown Snake Eagle
  28. Burchell's Coucal
  29. Burchell’s Starling
  30. Cape Glossy Starling
  31. Cape turtle Dove
  32. Cattle Egret
  33. Common Greenshank
  34. Crested Barbet
  35. Crested Francolin
  36. Crested Guineafowl
  37. Crowned Lapwing
  38. Double banded Sandgrouse
  39. Eastern Paradise-whydah
  40. Egyptian Goose
  41. Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
  42. Eurasian Hobby
  43. European or Golden-backed Bee-eater
  44. European Roller
  45. Fiscal Shrike or Common Fiscal
  46. Fork-tailed Drongo
  47. Gabar Goshawk
  48. Giant Kingfisher
  49. Golden-breasted Bunting
  50. Great Egret
  51. Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling
  52. Greenbacked Heron
  53. Green Woodhoopoe
  54. Grey-backed Sparrowlark
  55. Grey Go-Away-bird (Grey Lourie)
  56. Grey-headed Gull
  57. Grey Heron
  58. Groundscraper Thrush
  59. Hadeda Ibis
  60. Hamerkop
  61. Helmeted Guineafowl
  62. Honey Buzzard (European)
  63. Hoopoe
  64. Karoo Korhaan
  65. Lappet-faced Vulture
  66. Laughing Dove
  67. Lemon-breasted Canary
  68. Lesser Flamingo
  69. Lesser striped Swallow
  70. Lilac-breasted Roller
  71. Lizard Buzzard
  72. Long-tailed Paradise Whydah
  73. Magpie Shrike
  74. Marabou Stork
  75. Namaqua Dove
  76. Natal Spurfowl
  77. Ostrich (Common)
  78. Painted Snipe (Greater)
  79. Pearlspotted Owlet
  80. Pied Crow
  81. Pied Kingfisher
  82. Pin-tailed Whydah
  83. Red-backed Shrike
  84. Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
  85. Red-billed Oxpecker
  86. Red-billed Hornbill
  87. Red-billed Quelea
  88. Red-billed Teal
  89. Red-breasted Swallow
  90. Red-headed Weaver
  91. Red-knobbed Coot
  92. Saddle-billed Stork
  93. Senegal Lapwing
  94. Southern Black Flycatcher
  95. Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
  96. Southern Ground Hornbill
  97. Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
  98. Steppe Eagle
  99. Swainson's Spurfowl
  100. Tawny Eagle
  101. Three-banded Plover
  102. Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle
  103. Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
  104. Village Weaver (Spotted-backed Weaver)
  105. Wahlberg’s Eagle
  106. Water Dikkop or Thick-knee
  107. Wattled Starling
  108. White-backed Vulture
  109. White-faced Duck
  110. White-headed Vulture
  111. White Stork
  112. White-throated Swallow
  113. Wood Sandpiper
  114. Woodland Kingfisher
  115. Woolly-necked Stork
  116. Yellow-billed Kite
  117. Yellow-billed Stork
  118. Yellow-fronted Canary

 

African Black Duck ~ Anas sparsa ~

pictures taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Dark billed & dark-plumaged duck with white speckles on the back.
  • When in water it appears long-bodied and short-necked.
  • Mostly calls in flight.
  • 51-4 cm

 

African Comb Duck~ Sarkidiornis melanotos ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • The male is larger than the female, and has a large black knob on the bill.
  • Usually silent.
  • Feeds early morning and late afternoon, relaxes for most of the day.
  • Eats seeds of grasses, grains
  • 64-79 cm

 

African Crowned Eagle ~ Stephanoaetus coronatus ~

crowned eagle

picture taken from Tembe cam.

  • Very large, powerful and crested eagle, the female is larger than male.
  • outer wings and tail are barred white and black
  • usually seen solitary or in pairs
  • Able to kill animals up to 20 kg. The crowned Eagle will feed on mammals (monkeys, baboons, antelopes, dassies, mongoose) also birds and monitor lizards
  • Length : 80-90 cm

 

African Cuckoo ~ Cuculus gularis ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Very similar to European cuckoo.
  • Calls a 2-syllabled hoop-hoop, very similar to the call of the Hoopoe.
  • Shy and elusive
  • Feeds almost entirely on caterpillars.
  • 30-33 cm

 


African Fish Eagle ~ Haliaeetus vocifer ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Fairly common resident.
  • Very distinctive far-carrying call.
  • Usually seen in pairs at inland waters.
  • Main diet consists of fish but will also eat carrion and waterbirds.
  • Pairs often duet as they proclaim their riverine territory.
  • Spends lots of his time sitting high in tall trees near water.
  • 63-73 cm

Listen to an African Fish Eagle sound-file recorded at Nkorho cam click here

 

African Green Pigeon ~ Treron calva ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually seen in small flocks.
  • Medium to large pigeon.
  • Feeds on fruits, especially figs.
  • 30 cm

 

African Harrier Hawk ~ Polyboroides typus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Also known as Gymnogene.
  • Large grey hawk with bare yellow face (red when excited)
  • Black flight-feathers
  • Broad white band across black tail.
  • Yellow legs.
  • Gymnogene feeds on chicks and eggs of small birds. Will also eats frogs, insects, small mammals, reptiles, bats and when available it may consume oil palm fruit.
  • 60-66 cm

 

African Hawk Eagle

~ Hieraaetus spilogaster ~

african hawk eagle



pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Medium, large eagle.
  • Usually seen in pairs.
  • Lives of francolin, guineafowl and small mammals.
  • 65 cm.

 

African Jacana

~ Actophilornis africanus ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Common to abundant resident.
  • Usually in small loose groups, sometimes solitary or in pairs.
  • Feeds on insects, molluscs, crustaceans, seeds, waterlily bulbs
  • 25-30 cm

 

African Openbill

~ Anastomus lamelligerus ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Previously known as  Open-billed Stork
  • Forages by jabbing the slightly open bill into mud
  • Gap in bill for structural strength at tip while prey extracted from shell.
  • Eats snails, molluscs, mussels
  • 94 cm

click here to watch a video of the African Openbill

 

African Pied Wagtail

~ Motacilla aguimp ~

pictures taken from Nkorho cam.

  • Common resident.
  • Eats insects such as butterflies, bees, locusts, ants
  • Generally found associated with water.
  • 20 cm.

 

African Spoonbill

~ Platalea alba ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Feeds by moving its partially open bill in a sideways action below water.
  • Usually found singly but can also be encountered in pairs or in groups.
  • Feeds on fish and aquatic invertebrates, insects, larvae and molluscs.
  • 91 cm

 

Amur Falcon ~ Falco amurensis ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Also know as Eastern Red-footed Falcon or Eastern Red-Footed Kestrel (in older bird-books)
  • Roosts communally in tall trees.
  • Feeds on insects such as locusts, grasshoppers, and beetles, and on small birds and occasionally amphibians.
  • 28-30 cm

 

Arrow-marked Babbler

~ Turdoides jardineii ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Common resident.
  • Occurs in parties of 6 to 10 birds.
  • The call resembles hysterical giggling.
  • 23-5 cm

Listen to an Arrow-marked Babbler sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.

 

Barn Owl ~ Tyto alba ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • nocturnal
  • The call of the Barn owl is not a hoot as in most other owls, but a screech.
  • Eats small rodents.
  • 30-33 cm

Listen to a Barn owl sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here

 

Bateleur ~ Terathopius ecaudatus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Distinctive, bulky looking black eagle with red facial skin and legs and tawny wing coverts.
  • Diet includes, mice, birds, snake, carrion, lizard and road kills.
  • It has a very short tail and is called a Stompstertarend (Short-tailed Eagle) in Afrikaans.
  • Its name is a French word describing a tightrope walker with a balancing pole.This name describes the bird’s characteristic habit of tipping the ends of its wings when flying, as if catching its balance.
  • 55-70 cm

 

Bennett's Woodpecker

~ Campethera bennettii ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually seen in pairs or groups.
  • Feeding mainly on the ground.
  • 22 cm

 

Bearded Woodpecker

~ Dendropicos namaquus ~

  • Male has only the top of the crown red, females has a black corwn
  • common resident
  • 23-5 cm

 

Blacksmith Lapwing

~ Vanellus armatus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • also known as Blacksmith Plover
  • When disturbed it makes a loud metallic sounding "clink, clink" resembling the sound of someone hammering a piece of metal.
  • Feeds on insects, worms, snails, seeds, small mollusks, and crustaceans.
  • 30 cm

Listen to a Blacksmith Lapwing sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Black-collared Barbet

~ Lybius torquatus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Common resident.
  • The call is a loud duet sounding like "too-puddely-too-puddely-too-puddely-too-puddely"
  • Eats invertebrates, fruits, nectar.
  • 19-20 cm

Listen to a Black-collared Barbet sound-file recorded at Elephant Plains cam click here.

 

Black-crowned Night Heron

~ Nycticorax nycticorax ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • active mainly at night
  • Will stand at water’s edge and wait to ambush prey.
  • Eats small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, and small mammals.
  • 56 cm

 

 

Black-headed Heron

~ Ardea melanocephala~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Large waterbird found throughout Southern Africa.
  • Differs from Grey Heron in black top to the head and back of the neck and grey bill and legs.
  • Seen solitary, as it waits for prey at the edges of inland waters.
  • Breeds in trees or in reeds over water.
  • It lives off frogs, insects, fish, crabs & small birds.
  • 97 cm

 

Black-shouldered Kite ~ Elanus caeruleus ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Small raptor with pure white underparts and grey upperparts
  • Usually seen solitary or in pairs by day.
  • Hunts from perch or by hovering, frequently hunts at dusk.
  • Diet : rodents, shrews, small birds, reptiles and insects
  • bird on picture is a juvenile (pink legs), adult has yellow legs.
  • Lenght about 30 cm

 

Blue Waxbill ~ Uraeginthus angolensis ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • A small bird (12-13 cm)
  • Seen in pairs and groups.
  • Feeds on the ground.
  • Diet : seeds and insects.
  • 12-14 cm

 

Brown-headed Parrot

~ Poicephalus cryptoxanthus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually founds in pairs or small groups.
  • Feeds on seeds, nuts, berries, flower, fruit and nectar.
  • 23 cm

 

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

~ Halcyon albiventris ~

pictures taken from EP pan cam.

  • Common resident
  • The call is a loud descending "kik-kik-kik-kik"
  • Eats mainly insects and lizards.
  • 23 cm

 

Brown Snake Eagle

~ Circaetus cinereus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • usually seen singly
  • Hunts & eats large snakes.
  • 71 cm

 

Burchell's Coucal ~ Centropus burchellii ~

 


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Found singly or in pairs in reeds, dense riparian and bushveld thickets
  • Eats grasshoppers, crickets, crabs, snails, small snakes, frogs, mice, birds' eggs, nestlings and sometimes fruit.
  • Calls most frequently early morning but may continue throughout the day
  • Call is a cascade of bubbling notes.
  • 44 cm

Listen to a Burchell’s Coucal sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

 

Burchell’s Starling

~ Lamprotornis australis ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • The largest starling.
  • Seen in pairs, small parties or flocks
  • Has a variety of harsh, warbling, croaking and chirring call notes.
  • Feeds on the ground.
  • 30-34 cm

Listen to a Burchell’s Starling sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Cape Glossy Starling

~ Lamprotornis nitens ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Seen in pairs or small flocks
  • foreages arboreally or on ground
  • Eats insects, fruit, nectar of aloes
  • 22-23  cm

 

Cape turtle Dove

~ Streptopelia capicola ~

cape turtle dove

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Very common bird in South Africa.
  • Forages on the ground.
  • Usually in pairs, the male repeating the main cooing "work harder" "work harder"
  • 28 cm

Listen to a Cape turtle Dove sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Cattle Egret ~ Bubulcus ibis ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Seen in large or small flocks often in the company of cattle or large game animals.
  • Cattle Egrets don't eat ticks, but use the animals to flush grasshoppers and other insects from the grass.
  • Eats insects, mostly grasshoppers, and also worms.
  • 54 cm

 

Common Greenshank

~ Tringa nebularia ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually seen singly.
  • 32 cm

 

Crested Barbet

~ Trachyphonus vaillantii ~

picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Usually found singly or in pairs.
  • Nests in holes in trees.
  • Very vocal, the call being a thrill that can continue sometimes for long periods.
  • Feeds on insects, eggs and fruits.
  • 23 cm

Listen to a Crested Barbet sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.

 

Crested Francolin

~ Peliperdix sephaena ~

picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Usually found pairs or small groups.
  • Noisy, often calling throughout the day
  • Call is a shrill "kwerri-kwetchi, kwerri-kwetchi"
  • Forages for food on the ground
  • 32 cm

 

 

Crested Guineafowl

~ Guttera pucherani ~

picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Has a rattling alarm call.
  • Forages for food on the ground.
  • Usually seen in small groups or in flocks
  • Feeds on insects, butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants.
  • 50 cm

 

Crowned Lapwing

~ Vanellus coronatus ~

 

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Also known as the Crowned Plover
  • Favours areas of bare and open ground.
  • Frequently flies about and calls at night.
  • Often seen in pairs or groups
  • Eats insects
  • 30 cm

Listen to a Crowned Lapwing sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Double banded Sandgrouse

~ Pterocles bicinctus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually seen in pairs or flocks.
  • Mainly crepuscular, lying up by day in shade of rocks or vegetation
  • Eats small dry seeds
  • 25 cm

 

Eastern Paradise-whydah

~ Vidua paradisaea ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Brown Sparrow-like bird.
  • On the pictures you can see a male in breeding plumage.
  • During the breeding season the male has a golden brown breast and yellow white abdomen with broad, elongated black tail feathers (up to 36 cm long and 3 times the length of its body).
  • Outside the breeding season, males and females are almost indistinguishable
  • Seen in small flocks.
  • 12-38 cm

 

Egyptian Goose

~ Alopochen aegyptiacus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually seen in pairs, but sometimes in family groups.
  • Can be found at any inland waters.
  • Eats grass, seeds, leaves and bulbs
  • 71 cm

Listen to a Egyptian Goose sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

~ Turtur chalcospilos ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually solitary or in pairs.
  • Heard more than seen, often spotted feeding on the ground.
  • Feeds off seeds, berries and flying ants
  • 20 cm

Listen to a Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.

 

Eurasian Hobby ~ Falco subbuteo ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Uncommon summer visitor
  • Hunts mostly at dusk
  • Seen singly or in small flocks
  • separable from the immature and female Amur Falcon & from the immature Red Footed Falcon by its heavily streaked underparts, darker underparts and plain grey unbarred uppertail.
  • 30-35 cm

 

European or Golden-backed Bee-eater

~ Merops apiaster ~

picture taken from Nkorho & Elephant Plains

  • Common resident and summer visitor
  • Normally seen in flocks.
  • Aerial feeder, eats various flying insects in addition to venomous bees.
  • 25 cm

 

European Roller

~ Coracias garrulus ~

European Roller

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Fairly common summer visitor
  • Usually solitary, sometimes roosts communally
  • Feeds on insects (beetles, locusts, crickets, bees), scorpions, frogs, lizards
  • 30 cm

 

Fiscal Shrike or Common Fiscal

~ Lanius collaris ~

picture taken from Tembe cam.

  • Pied, heavy-bodied, heavy-billed bird with white wing-bar extending to the shoulder.
  • often aggressive towards other birds
  • Usually solitary, sometimes in pairs
  • Perches on bushes, fences, trees dropping to ground to catch prey
  • Feeds on insects, spiders, small rodents and small birds, lizards, seeds
  • 23 cm

 

Fork-tailed Drongo

~ Dicrurus adsimilis ~

Fork-tailed Drongo

picture taken from NK and EP cam.

  • Usually solitary or in pairs.
  • Black bird, easily identified by its forked-tail
  • Aggressive and fearless bird. It will harass raptors and other birds much larger than him.
  • Insect-eater, flycatches or takes prey from the ground.
  • 25 cm


Listen to a Fork-tailed Drongo sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam
click here

 

Gabar Goshawk

~ Melierax gabar ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • common resident.
  • Usually seen in pairs.
  • Can sustain flight of about 70 km/hour for up to 5 min.
  • Eats mostly small birds, mammals, reptiles and insects
  • 28-36 cm

 

Giant Kingfisher

~ Megaceryle maxima ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Much larger than any other kingfisher species.
  • Feeds in or around water mainly. Feeds on fish, frogs and crabs.
  • Usually occurs singly or in pairs
  • Perches on a branch, bridge or wire where it watches the water. Their flight is rapid and direct, sometimes they will hover briefly before plunging into the water.
  • Males has a chestnut breast, Female has a chestnut belly.
  • 43-46 cm.

 

Golden-breasted Bunting

~ Emberiza flaviventris ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Fairly common resident of woodland and savannah.
  • Usually solitary or in pairs.
  • Eats insects, seeds and buds.
  • 16 cm

 

Great Egret ~ Egretta alba ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Previously known as Great White Egret - Ardea albus.
  • It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
  • Main food source is fish and frogs.
  • 95 cm

 

Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling

~ Lamprotornis chalybaeus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • One of the three short-tailed starlings.
  • Male and female have same plumage colour.
  • Feeds on invertebrates, fruits, seeds.
  • 21 cm

 

Greenbacked Heron

~ Butorides striatus ~


picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Solitary and shy.
  • Runs with ease over branches and reeds. Can stand motionless for long periods.
  • Feeds on fish, frogs, small reptiles, insects, spiders, molluscs invertebrates, fruits, seeds.
  • 41 cm

 

Green Woodhoopoe

~ Phoeniculus purpureus ~



pictures taken from Elephants Plains cam.

  • Previously known as Red-billed Woodhoopoe.
  • Overall plumage is blue-green metallic black, white patches in the wing and on outher feather of their long tails.
  • Often seen hanging upside down while proving crevices in the bark looking for the arthropods.
  • Seen in family parties.
  • The call is a loud cackling, which starts slowly and then builds to a crescendo with more birds joining in.
  • 30-36 cm

 

Grey-backed Sparrowlark

~ Eremopterix verticalis ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Previously known as Grey-backed Finchlark.
  • This species, usually found in the more arid, western part of South Africa, does migrate to the Kruger area in times of drought.
  • Often seen in large flocks.
  • Eats seeds.
  • 12-13 cm

 

Grey-headed Gull ~ Larus cirrocephalus ~

picture taken from flamingo cam.

  • Found in open coast and coastal and freshwater wetlands.
  • Breeding adult has all grey hood, pale yellow eyes and red bill & legs, non-breeding adult has a grey smudge on the ear coverts only.
  • 42 cm

 

Grey Go-Away-bird

~ Corythaixoides concolor ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Found in pairs or small groups.
  • These birds are characterized by a very distinct “kweh-h-h-h” or "G'way" call, giving them their name, grey go-away bird. They use this call to warn the other birds in their flock of impending danger.
  • Eats fruit, flowers, buds and leaves.
  • 47-50 cm

Listen to a Grey Go-Away-bird sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here

More information about the Grey go-away bird can be found here

 

Grey Heron ~ Ardea cinerea ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Wades in shallow water.
  • Feeds off fish, frogs, reptiles, crabs etc.
  • 100 cm

More information about the Grey Heron can be found here

 

Groundscraper Thrush

~ Psophocichla litsipsirupa ~

picture taken from Elephants Plains cam.

  • Runs well on the ground
  • Seen solitary or in pairs.
  • Feeds insects, mollucs and other invertebrates.
  • 22 cm

 

Hadeda Ibis ~ Bostrychia hagedash ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Very noisy especially early morning and evening.
  • Lives mainly off insects, spiders & snails.
  • 76 cm

Listen to a Hadeda Ibis sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Hamerkop ~ Scopus umbretta ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Lives near most inland waters.
  • Feeds mainly off frogs and fish.
  • The hamerkop is very well known for its huge domed nest
  • 56 cm

 

Helmeted Guineafowl

~ Numida meleagris ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Highly gregarious.
  • Found in open grasslands, savannah and bushveld.
  • Feed on seeds, bulbs, tubers and numerous other types of food.
  • 53 to 58 cm

 

Honey Buzzard (European)

~ Pernis apivorus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Summer migrant to most of Europe and Western Asia, wintering in tropical Africa.
  • Specialist feeder, living mainly on the larvae and nests of wasps, although it will also take other small prey.
  • Faces many problems on its way to Africa, such as hunting, especially around the Mediterraenean Sea, the weather and the long Sahara Desert Crossing.
  • 54-60 cm

 

Hoopoe ~ Upupa africana ~

 

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Seen singly or in pairs.
  • Crest normally held down, being raised when bird is attentive or alarmed.
  • Eats insects.
  • 27 cm

Listen to a Hoopoe sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Karoo Korhaan ~ Eupodotis vigorsii ~

picture taken from Leopard cam.

  • Seen in pairs or small parties.
  • Male and female are alike.
  • 56-60 cm

 

Lappet-faced Vulture

~ Torgos tracheliotus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Powerfully build vulture.
  • It’s the dominant vulture at carcasses.
  • Other vultures often rely on Lappet-faced Vultures to open a carcass
  • 115 cm

 

Laughing Dove

~ Streptopelia senegalensis ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Very common resident.
  • Solitary, in pairs or in flocks at water or feeding places.
  • Eats seeds, fallen grain, termite alates, other insects and their larvae, small snails.
  • 25 cm


Listen to a Laughing Dove sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam
click here.

 

Lemon-breasted Canary

~ Serinus citrinipectus ~

Lemon-breasted Canary

picture taken from Tembe cam.

  • Very small size.
  • Seen in pairs while breeding, otherwise in small flocks
  • Eats seeds
  • 9-10 cm

 

 

Lesser Flamingo

~ Phoenicopterus minor ~

picture taken from Flamingo cam.

  • Gregarious
  • Despite being the world's most numerous flamingo, this bird is classified as near threatened due to its lack of suitable breeding sites.
  • Feeds mainly on blue-green algae.
  • 102 cm

 

Lesser striped Swallow

~ Hirundo abyssinica ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Seen in pairs and small flocks.
  • Eats mainly aerial insects, but also seeds.
  • 16 cm

 

Lilac-breasted Roller

~ Coracias caudata ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Very attractive roller with lilac throat and breast and blue belly.
  • It feeds off insects and a large variety of small creatures.
  • Often seen perched on bushes, trees and fence poles or telephone wires
  • 36 cm

More information about the Lilac-breasted Roller can be found here

Listen to a LIlac-breasted Roller sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Lizard Buzzard

~ Kaupifalco monogrammicus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • A small, stocky grey hawk, distinguished by diagnostic white throat with vertical black streak.
  • 35 cm
  • Hunts mainly reptiles and large insects, but also small mammals and birds.

Listen to a Lizard Buzzard sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.

 

Long-tailed Paradise Whydah

~ Vidua paradisaea ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Seen in small groups.
  • Breeding male has very distinctive plumage.
  • 12-38 cm

 

Magpie Shrike

~ Corvinella melanoleuca ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Previously know as Long-tailed Shrike.
  • Common resident.
  • Eats insects and small reptiles.
  • Often seen in small groups from 3 up to 10 birds.
  • 40-50 cm

Listen to a Magpie Shrike sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.

 

Marabou Stork

~ Leptoptilos crumeniferus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Huge, bare-headed and bare-necked Stork with a distensible fleshy pouch on the lower foreneck.
  • Generaly seen in groups of a few birds, sometimes large flocks.
  • Can be found with vultures around carcasses.
  • Marabous are often found around fishing villages, slaughterhouses and rubbish dumps.
  • Will eat about any kind of animal dead or alive, living prey including small rodents, reptiles.
  • 152 cm - their wingspan approaches 2.9 m.

 

Namaqua Dove ~ Oena capensis ~

 


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • common in drier areas
  • Plumage is mostly grey. Male has black face and black breast and bib with bright yellow bill (see pic)
  • feeds on small seeds of grasses, sedges and weeds
  • 24-27 cm

 

Natal Spurfowl

~ Pternistis natalensis ~

 

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Previously know as Natal Francolin.
  • Seen in pairs.
  • Often heard calling at dusk and dawn.
  • 30-38 cm

Listen to a Natal Spurfowl sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Ostrich (Common) ~ Struthio camelus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Flightless bird.
  • Male utters a lion-like roar.
  • Usually seen in pairs or groups.
  • + 2m.

 

Painted Snipe (Greater)

~ Rostratula benghalensis ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Uncommon nomadic resident.
  • found on muddy shorelines of dams, pans and swamps.
  • needs vegetation to offer immediate refuge.
  • 28-32 cm.

 

Pearlspotted Owlet

- Glaucidium perlatum ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Often active by daylight
  • Small, earless owl
  • Has a unique whistling call
  • It has mock eyes at the back of his head to confuse the predator as to which way the owl is facing.
  • Feeds on a variety of prey
  • 19 cm

Listen to a Pearlspotted Owlet sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Pied Crow ~ Corvus albus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually seen in small flocks.
  • Omnivorous.
  • 46-52 cm

Listen to a Pied Crow sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here

 

Pied Kingfisher ~ Ceryle rudis ~

 


picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Usually seen in pairs, but sometimes in loose groups.
  • Hunts from perch or by hovering over water.
  • Feeds on fish, crustaceans and insects.
  • 25-29 cm

 

Pin-tailed Whydah

~ Vidua macroura ~

Picture taken from Nkorho Pan

Female

Picture taken from Idube

  • Usually seen in small parties of one male and several females.
  • Male is aggressive to other birds when feeding or defending territory.
  • 12-34 cm

 

Red-backed Shrike ~ Lanius collurio ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • the bird you see  here on the pictures is a female.
  • Common Summer visitor.
  • Perches on a low branch and still-hunts
  • 18cm

 

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver

~ Bubalornis niger ~

pictures taken from Nkorho & Elephants Plains cam.

  • These weavers have a large communal nest. (see picture 3 of nests in tree behind lodge and picture 4 (nest at EP))
  • The bird seen on the second picture is probably a juvenile male, whose bill has a lighter colour - described as horn colour in Roberts)
  • Eats insects, seeds and fruit.
  • 24 cm

 

Red-billed Oxpecker

~ Buphagus erythrorhynchus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually found in small groups.
  • Eats ticks from giraffe and other large mammals.
  • 20-22 cm

 

Red-billed Hornbill ~ Tockus erythrorhynchus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam

  • Usually found in small flocks or pairs.
  • Eats insects, seeds.
  • 42-50 cm

Listen to a Red-billed Hornbill sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here

 

Red-billed Quelea ~ Quelea quelea ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam

  • Occurs in large flocks.
  • Breeding colonies may be huge, involving tens of thousands and cover many hectares of bush.
  • Feeds on seeds and grains.
  • Even when seen in small flocks, they appear co-ordinated, flying and feeding together. they appear to move in waves.
  • 11-13 cm

 

Red-billed Teal

~ Anas erythrorhyncha ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Not migratory, but will fly great distances to find suitable waters.
  • Highly gregarious outside breeding season and forms large flocks.
  • Quiet species, sounds made are soft and audible only at close range
  • 48 cm

 

Red-breasted Swallow

~ Hirundo semirufa ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Also known as Rufous-chested Swallow.
  • It inhabits open grasslands and is usually solitary.
  • It feeds off aerial arthropods.
  • 24 cm

 

Red-headed Weaver

~ Anaplectes rubriceps ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Breeding males has the read head and mantle, non-breeding males and immatures look like female
  • Eats mainly insects and spiders, also seeds and fruits
  • 15 cm

 

Red-knobbed Coot

~ Fulica cristata ~

pictures taken from Tau cam.

  • The only all-black waterbird with a white frontal shield and bill.
  • Common resident found in dams, pans and lakes.
  • 43 cm

 

Saddle-billed Stork ~ Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • usually seen singly or in pairs near shallow waters of large rivers, dams, floodplains and marshes.
  • Feeds on fish, frogs, lizards, grasshoppers.
  • 145 cm

More information about theSaddle-billed Stork can be found here

 

Senegal Lapwing ~ Vanellus lugubris ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Feeds mainly on insects and other small invertebrates.
  • A medium sized bird, about 23 cm
  • prefers woodland savanna as habitat

Listen to a Senegal Lapwing sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Southern Black Flycatcher

~ Melaenomis pammelaina ~

picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Slightly smaller than Forktailed Drongo, tail notched and not forked like that of the Forktailed Drongo.
  • Catches insects in flight, or mostly on ground, returning to perch.
  • Feeds on insects, nectar of aloes, small fruits
  • 19-22 cm

 

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

~ Passer difussus ~

 

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Eats seeds and insects.
  • 15-16 cm

 

Southern Ground Hornbill

~ Bucorvus leadbeateri ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Found in family groups.
  • Carnivorous, eats reptiles, frogs and small mammals.
  • 90 cm

Listen to a Southern Ground Hornbill sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.

 

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

~ Tockus leucomelas ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Found solitary or in pairs.
  • Mainly lives off rodents and insects.
  • 48-60 cm

Listen to a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

More information about the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill can be found here

 

Steppe Eagle ~ Aquila nipalensis ~

picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • Fairly common Summer visitor.
  • Eats termites and is often seen consuming them on the ground.
  • Also raids breeding colonies of Queleas.
  • 75 cm

 

Swainson's Spurfowl

~ Pternistis swainsonii ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Often heard calling at dusk and dawn.
  • 34-9 cm

 

Tawny Eagle ~ Aquila rapax ~


picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Scruffy appearance, colour variable from dark brown to blond
  • Shaggy leg feathering
  • Hunts by stooping from perch or in flight
  • Eats mammals up to size of hare, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and carrion
  • 65-72 cm

 

Three-banded Plover

~ Charadrius tricollaris ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Usually seen in pairs.
  • Found at inland lakes and dams.
  • Feeds on insects, molluscs, crustaceans, worms.
  • 18 cm

 

Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle

~ Aquila verreauxii ~

picture taken from Black Eagle cam.

  • Seen in pairs in rocky hills and mountains.
  • preying on medium-sized mammals such as hares, large birds
  • 84 cm

 

Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle Owl ~ Bubo lacteus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Seen solitary or in pairs.
  • Mostly nocturnal.
  • Largest owl in the world.
  • Has pink upper eyelids
  • Varied diet, eating mammals, birds, frogs. Can kill mammals the size of hare and hedgehog.
  • 60-65 cm

Listen to a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

More information about the Verreaux's Eagle Owl can be found here

 

Village Weaver ~ Ploceus cucculatus ~

picture taken from Elephant Plains cam.

  • also known as Spotted-backed Weaver
  • Breeds in small colonies, many nests can be seen hanging from one tree (see picture).
  • Feeds on nectar and insects.
  • 15 cm

 

Wahlberg’s Eagle

~ Aquila Wahlbergi ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Lives of reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • 55-60 cm

 

Water Dikkop or Thick-knee

~ Burhinus vermiculatus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • previously known as Water Dikkop.
  • Normally solitary.
  • Inhabits rivers, dams and lakes.
  • Feeds on insects, mollusks and crustaceans.
  • 40 cm

Listen to a Water dikkop or thick-knee sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here .

 

Wattled Starling ~ Creatophora cinerea ~

 


picture taken from Nkorho cam.

  • Gregarious.
  • Eats insects, snails and fruits.
  • 21 cm

 

White-backed Vulture ~ Gyps africanus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Most common vulture.
  • Very gregarious.
  • Main food is carrion and bone fragments.
  • 90-98 cm

 

White-faced Duck

~ Dendrocygna viduata ~

White-faced duck

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Often seen in large flocks. Spends much of the day resting on shorelines or sandbanks.
  • Lives of budds, seads, grains, insect larvae and mollusks.
  • 48 cm

 

White-headed vulture

~ Trigonoceps occipitalis ~

Juvenile

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Occurs singly or in pairs. At carrion, greatly outnumbered by other vultures.
  • Like the lappet-faced vulture they are able to eat skin, ligament and bones.
  • Although they are often one of the first vulture species to arrive at a kill, they tend to feed on scraps dropped by, or stolen from other raptors, and eating them away from the other vultures.
  • 85 cm

 

White Stork ~ Ciconia ciconia ~

white stork

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • White storks nest in central and Eastern Europe, spending the winter in Africa.
  • Carnivorous, diet includes frogs, lizards, mice, large insects and small snakes.
  • 117 cm

 

White-throated Swallow

~ Hirundo albigularis ~

 

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Common summer resident.
  • Lives off flying insects.
  • 17 cm

 

Wood Sandpiper ~ Tringa glareola ~

picture taken from Nkorho cam.

  • Seen singly or in small groups.
  • Common summer visitor.
  • Feeds on aquatic insects and their larvae and molluscs.
  • 20 cm

 

Woodland Kingfisher

~ Halcyon senegalensis ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Seen singly or in pairs.
  • Pairs greet each other with spread wings.
  • 23-4 cm

Listen to a Woodland Kingfisher sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.

 

Woolly-necked Stork ~ Ciconia episcopus ~

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Found singly or in pairs.
  • Mostly silent.
  • Gathers at grassfires to prey on the animals fleeing from the fire.
  • Eats fish, toads, frogs, crabs, snakes, lizards, molluscs and large insects.
  • 86 cm

 

Yellow-billed Kite ~ Milvus aegyptius ~

yellow-billed kite

picture taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Common summer visitor
  • Distinguished from the Black kite by the yellow bill and brown head and more deeply forked tail.
  • Often seen in large aggregations at food sources mixed with Black kites.
  • 55 cm

 

Yellow-billed Stork ~ Mycteria ibis ~

yellow-billed stork

picture taken from Tembe cam.

  • Usually gregarious in small parties
  • Forages by walking slowly in shallow water with bill immersed and held slightly open.
  • Feeds on fish, frogs, insects, worms and small mammals.
  • 97 cm

 

Yellow-fronted Canary

~ Serinus mozambicus ~

pictures taken from Nkorho pan cam.

  • Small Canary.
  • Also known as Yellow-eyed Canary
  • Often seen in small groups.
  • Eats seeds.
  • 12 cm

Listen to a Yellow-fronted Canary sound-file recorded at Nkorho pan cam click here.