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A Report from

South Africa 5/10/02-2/11/02,


Simon Hartill, Southampton, UK and Alan Baxter, Crawley, UK

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Trip Logistics

Flight booked through WildWings, £433 Heathrow to CapeTown, with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul and Jo’burg. Hire Car also booked through WildWings, £370 each for Grp D car for 4 weeks, Nissan Sentra/Hyundai Elantra with AC. Internal flight CapeTown-Jo’Burg with BA was £80, booked from UK. Pelagic booked from UK via internet £65 each. First 2 nights accommodation at Afton Grove booked from UK.  6 nights accom. and night drives/day walk in the Kruger booked over internet £120 each.

Total cost of 4 week trip each £1800.

Exchange Rate in October 2002 was 15 Rand to the Pound


Callan Cohen’s site guide to the Western Cape was invaluable.
Ian Sinclair’s Birds of Southern Africa.

Bird call recordings

Used Guy Gibbon’s 6 CD Set and Len Gilliard’s LBJs. The call of the Pearl spotted Owlet was very useful in calling in small birds, especially in the Kruger where you could not leave your vehicle.


After a long, tiring flight we landed on time at CapeTown mid afternoon in the rain and wind. A wet 1 hour drive from the airport to Noodhoek saw us booking into the Afton Grove, run by Chris Spengler a local Cape birder.

When the rain cleared a wander around the hotel and immediate area produced the first lifers of the trip. Levaillants Cisticola, Cape Canary, Spotted Prinia, 7 Spotted Dikkops, Bokmakierie, Burcells Coucal, African Goshawk, Kelp Gull, African Marsh Harrier, Af. Sedge Warbler and Yellow rumped Cisticola.  Back at the hotel, Chris gave us some useful “gen” on local sites for the more difficult species. Chris was very helpful, a knowledgeable Cape birder.


Made an abortive early morning trip to attempt to see Ground Woodpecker at their nest burrows. They must have left the burrows before we arrived, not a sniff.  Picked up quite a few lifers at Kommetje Beach, 3 Cormorant ticks, Hautlaub’s Gull and Af. Oystercatcher.

On Chris Spengler’s recommendation we went to Black Hill and saw Malachite, Orange-b-Sunbirds, Cape Bunting, Cape Rock Thrush, Neddicky, Grassbird, Cape Robin, Cape Siskin and Cape Sugarbird.

Visited Kirstenbosch in the afternoon. A good place to buy bird books and recordings in the bookshop. Saw Spotted Eagle Owl, Olive Thrush, Cape Batis, Black Saw Wing, Lesser DC Sunbird, Rameron Pigeon, Sugarbirds, Cinammon and Cape Turtle Doves. The botanical gardens were worth visiting for the flowers on their own.

7/10  Roo els 

Left CT and drove east along the rocky coast to Roo els. It was fairly windy so we decided not to try for the RockJumper at Sir Lowry’s mountain pass.  It was still windy at Roo els but after 30 minutes we had excellent views of a pair of Cape RockJumpers. Also Bully Canary, Cape Gannets.

Stoney Point, Betty’s Bay

Visited the African Penguin colony, about 80 pairs, White fronted Plover.

About 50 km from Swellendam we stopped and watched 60 Blue Cranes feeding in a sheep field + White throated Swallows, Capped Wheatear, Jackal Buzzard, Cape Weaver. A fat Afrikaaner farmer came by and asked us what we doing. He then asked us our opinion on what we thought of S.Africa, to which we replied very positively. As he left his last words on S.Africa was there are too many blacks!!!!   Racism is alive and well in the new S.Africa so it seems. Booked into a campsite in Swellendam, taking a cabin.

Overburg Farmland loop in the afternoon

Swee Waxbill, Red capped Larks, Stanley’s Busturd –5, Karoo Korhaan –2, Cape Sparrow, Clapper Lark, Cloud cisticola, Quail, Agulhas Long billed Lark, S.Grey Tits, Pearl –b-Swallows.

8/10 Suurbook

S. Grey headed Sparrows, Brown hooded Kingfisher


Forest Buzzard, Bar throated Apalis, Olive Pecker, Forest Canary, Black Sunbird, Klaas Cuckoo, Rameron Pigeon, Victorin’s Warbler showed well on the fynbos above the forest and best of all a spectacular Crowned Eagle soared over the wooded valley for 20 minutes and a Black Eagle.

Potberg in the late afternoon

Cape Vulture-3, Stanley’s Busturd, Black Harrier and more larks

9/10  Drive from Swellendam-Wilderness

Kynsa Lourie, Cape Batis, Giant Kingfisher, Terrestrial Bulbul, S. Boubou

Booked into an en-suite basic rondavel in the National Park for R150.

Giant Kingfisher Trail, wilderness

Olive Bush Shrike, tape lured in, Red chested Cuckoo eventually showed well, Kynsna warbler showed briefly, an incredibly skulking bird, Green backed Bleating Warbler, Yellow throated Warbler. Alan saw a brief Starred robin that I dipped.  Saw a Boomslang snake up a tree. 3 Wood Owls were calling at night on the far side of the river from the camp but didn’t show.

10/10 Brown-h-kingfisher Trail

Dipped the Flufftails, Red necked Francolin, Cape Batis, Louries

Rondvlei Hide at Wilderness

Yellow billed Ducks, Red billed Teal, Purple Gallinules, Southern Pochard, Af Marsh Harrier, Fish Eagle, Af Sedge Warblers, Cape Reed Warbler, Cape Shoveler

Langvlei Hide

Black necked Grebe 100+, similar birds to other lake

Woodville, Big Tree

NARINA TROGON a pair eventually showed well after a 90 minute search. Deep, 2 tone hoot call, tape lured in closer. Puffback Shrike

155 species seen so far on trip

Drove to Outshoorn and booked into a very spacious chalet at a trailer park, R220 for a 2 bedroom chalet

11/10 Swartberg Pass

Af Black Duck, Cape Bunting, Fiscal Shrike, Streaky h Canary, good views of Victorins Warbler. 2 Ground Woodpeckers at the summit (windy), Cape Siskins, Booted Eagles. Tit Babbler, Pirit Batis and Namaqua Warbler tape lured out into the open on  the northern plain beyond the Pass. Red naped Mousebird

Overnight at a B&B in Twee Fontein, off main road.

12/10 Road to Calvinia

Karoo Chat, Namaqua Warbler, Rufous eared Warbler, Lesser Kestrel, Namaqua Sandgrouse, WT Canary, Kittlitz’s Plover at the dam, Af Shelduck, Greter Flamingo, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Pale winged Starlings,

S Ant eating Chat,

Eierkop  Karoo Eremomela, Fairy Fly, Dusky Sunbird, Large billed Larks

Katbakkies  Mountain Chat, Pirit Batis, Sickle winged Chat, Layards Tit Babbler, Acacia Pied Barbet, White backed Mousebird, dipped Cinammon breasted Warbler

Ludwigs Busturd which flew over the road, Karoo, Red capped Larks, Black eared Finch lark, Lark like Bunting, more Sandgrouse, Jackal Buzzard.

En route to Branvlei a tyre blew out, not surprising on this sharp gravel road surface!!

Overnight in Brandvlei B&B, R180

13/10 Brandvlei – Van Wilklei

Spike heeled  and Red Lark (Plains form), Tractrac Chat, Chest eared Finchlark, Karoo Long billed Lark, Black breasted Snake Eagle

36km south of Kenhardt, water troughs at Knapzak. Scaley feathered Finch, Starks and Sclaters Lark, Sociable Weaver

Pgymy Falcon perched on roadside post, Karoo Koorhaan.

Overnight at Pofadder Hotel, R240 for a twin room

14/10 Pofadder- Onseekpans

3 Banded Plover, Sabota Lark, Rock Kestrels, Black brested Prinia, dark form of Mountain Chat, White winged Starlings. The car developed a srange intermittent noise from the engine so we returned to Pofadder.

Red Lark Site, 60km from Pofadder

Greater Kestrel, Grey backed Finchlark, Dune form of Red Lark, Fawn coloured and Spike heeled Lark, Black headed Canary, Chat Fly, 4 Pale Chanting Goshawks, Bradfield Swifts

Overnight at Springbok Hotel, R230 for a twin.

15/10 Drove to Lamberts Bay

400km drive, loads of Cape Gannets at the port island

Lagoon – 150+ Greater Flamingoes, 50 Lesser, 10 Kittlitz Plovers, Cape Shovelers and Shelducks, 100+ BN Grebes, Ruff, Knot, Blacksmith Plovers, Avocets, 60+ L.Stints, 70+ Curlew Sands, 3 male Maccoa Duck, Brown throated Martins, Hoopoe. The car began to make a terrible screeching sound at low revs again but eventually abated. Drove to Veldriff, stayed at very nice hotel for R200, excellent seafood in the restaurant.

226 species so far.

16/10 Berg River Salt pans

Chestnut banded Plover – 10+, excellent views, WF Plovers, Whimbrel, both spp of Flamingo, white Pelican, Af Spoonbills, loads of waders and wildfowl. Superb site. Banded Martin, Orange throated Longclaw, Cape Long billed Lark

Drove to West Coast National Park in afternoon

S. Black Koorhaan-2, Black Harrier, Karoo Robin, Cape Penduline Tit lured out into the open, BS Kites. Saw a 1.5 metre long snake on the road, probably a Mole Snake. Tortoise, loads of Cape Francolins

Overnight at Oliphantskop Guest House on outskirt of Langebaan, R200 for a twin, excellent food

17/10 W.Coast

heard African Rail from the hide, loads of waders, sum plum Knots, 

Black Harrier again, Black Crake-2, Southern Right Whales-4 close inshore

More S.Black Koorhaans at Darling Hills

Rietvlei White backed Duck-2, WWB Terns-15, superb views of CapeTown from the sandy windy beach.

Overnight in Simonstown at Albatross B&B on hill overlooking the harbour, excellent place, but the most expensive accommodation we stayed in, R230 each but inc. a large spacious lounge and fantastic balcony.

18/10 Cape Town

Nonbirding day exploring Victoria and Albert Waterfront, shopping. 2 Right Whales only 30 foot off the beach at Simonstown.

19/10 PELAGIC 7.30 – 15:00

A moderately rough swell made the boat trip interesting, but the seasickness tablets did a grand job of suppressing any queasiness. Travelled on the

Zest II, an old exNaval 62 foot launch. Hundreds of White chinned Petrels, 15+ Arctic Skuas, 2 Poms, 100+ Wilsons, Black bellied Petrel, loads of Pintado Petrels, 100+ Great 10+ Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Great winged Petrels, Southern Giant Petrel-3, Northern Giant Petrel, 70+ Shy, 4 Black browed,

8+ Yellow nosed, inc Salvins and best of all a fantastic Wandering Albatross which flew right over my head!!  2 Right Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins.

11 lifers on the pelagic, superb!!, cruised about 20 miles off Cape Point to the trawler fleet.  When we got back was rather “knackered” and took it easy in the late afternoon, watching the whales from the balcony and the Great White Shark Cage Diving in the bay.

20/10 Cape Point

More seabirds off the Point including Arctic Skuas, WC Petrels, Gannets, Dolphins, Penguins, Right Whales, Cape Siskins

Boulders Beach Very touristy!!  Close views of more Penguins, more very close Whales.

Table Mountain in afternoon

Took the CableCar to the top, R85 each. WN Ravens, LDC Sunbird, Alpine Swifts, fantastic views, well worth it.

21/10 Departed Cape Town

Took the 11.00 flight to Jo’Burg, 2 hour flight. Picked up our new Hyandai Elantra hire car and drove the 300km to Wakkerstroom to John McAlisters B&B.

Long tailed Widowbirds, Longclaws and S.African Cliff Swallows on way.

22/10 Wakkerstroom

Buff streaked Chat, Yellow breasted Pipit-3, Ayres Wing Snapping Cicticola, Grassveld Pipit, 5+ Bothas Pipit, 2 Rudds Lark, Greywinged Francolin,

7+ Blue Koorhaans, African Snipe, Hottentot Teal, Red shouldered Widow, Grey crowned Crane-2, Paradaise Fly, Steppe Buzzard, S.Boubou

23/10  25kn east of Wakkerstroom, forested slope

7+Barratt’s Warber, fairly elusive but vocal, responded well to CD.

 Bush Blackcap 2, BH Oriole, Wailing Cisticola, 4 Southern Bald Ibis, beside the road in field.

Wetlands  Wattled Lapwing, 3 Banded Plover, 25 Glossy Ibis, Wood Sand,

Af Marsh Warbler,  Crowned Crane, Hottentot Teal, Squacco Heron,

RS Widows, Marsh Owl ghosting over the marsh at dusk.

Excellent gourmet food at the Irish owned restaurant just outside town.

24/10 Wakkerstroom

Black collared Barbet in the garden, Red throated Wryneck, S.Boubou, Sentinel Rock Thrush in the hills just outside town.

Drove to Kaapsekoop, en-route White fronted Bee-eater, Steppe Buzzards.

Stayed at SilverMine Hotel R190 each B&B, good room.

25/10 Kaapschehoop  7-11 with Edward an African bird guide

Gurneys Sugarbird-3, Greater Striped Swallows, Groundscraper Thrush-3, Striped Pipit , Yellow eyed Canary, Cape Rock Thrush, Pin tailed Wydah, Buff streaked Chat, Lazy Cistcola, Drakensburg Prinia,

BLUE SWALLOW 5 males and 4 females, excellent views. You need to go with a guide to see these rare, superb looking birds at their nesting colony in holes in the ground. Long crested Eagle, Red winged Francolin BH Orioles,

RC Cuckoo, Narina Trogon, Olive Bush Shrike, Bush Blackcap male,

Black winged Plover, Wattled Plover. 9 lifes today.

Drove to Crocodile Bridge  and into the Kruger National Park.

Malachite Kingfisher, Long tailed Shrike, Swainsons Francolin, Arrow marked Babbler, Yellow billed Hornbill, S.White crowned Shrike, Lappet faced Vulture, Bateleur. A superb White headed Vulture perched in a tree, Southern Black Tit, Saddle billed Stork, Water Dikkop, Natal Francolin, Af Pied Wagtail, Burchells Starling, RB Oxpeckers, 3 Brown headed Parrots. Overnight at Lower Sabie Camp. Did a night drive 3 Genets, Bull elephant, hippos, buffalo, duiker.

26/11 Lower Sabie camp - Skukuza

Orange b Bush shrike, White browed Robin, LT Crombec, Red breasted Swallow, 3 Streaked Tchgara, Rattling Cisticola, Puffback, Burnt necked Eremomela, Brown hooded Kingfisher, Didric Cuckoo, Yellow breasted Apalis, Plum coloured Starling, Golden t Pecker, Natal Robin, Heuglins Robin, Chinspot Batis, Marico Sunbird, Golden breasted Bunting, Purple Roller, Mouse collared Flycatcher, White crowned Plover, Brown Snake Eagle, Striped Kingfisher.


White t Robin, Scimartorbill Woodhoopoe. Loads of Elephants washing in the river viewable from our chalet!!! Accommodation was superb at Skukuza

Purple crested Lourie, Kurrichane Thrush, Southern Ground Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crested Francolin. 382 species so far on trip.

27/11 Skukuza

Af Goshawk, YB Apalis and other common birds around the camp. Drove north to Satara Camp. Grey Penduline Tit, Steppe Eagle, Croaking Cisticola,Lesser Masked Weaver, Abdims Stork, Lilac b-Roller, Pearl spot Owlet, Hoopoe, Lappet faced White backed and Hooded Vulture on a carcase.

S90 to Oliphants, Red crested Koorhaan, excellent close views from the car, Walbergs Eagle.

Arrived Letaba Camp at 4pm very hot 36 celsuis.

Mozambique Nightjar flying around the camp at dusk, Lioness with 2 cubs on the opposite side of the River from the camp, Saddle-b-Stork.

28/10 Letaba

Early morning walk with armed rangers. Excellent view of Lionesses at 5.15am. Crested Barbet, Martial Eagle, Kurrichane Thrush, Af Cuckoo, Bearded Woodpecker. Got close to a herd of elephants on foot, glad the rangers were there!! Grey rumped Swifts, Horus Swifts, another male Lion, White crested Helmut Shrike.

Shingwedzi Camp

Crested Barbets were common, Red headed Weavers, Paradaise Fly, BH Kingfisher.

Did an eventful night drive the vehicle unsurprisingly got a flat battery whilst we were watching some Lions as the spotlights being used drained the truck battery. Eventually rescued by a Camp vehicle, quite exciting!!

29/10 Shingwedzi area

Giant Eagle Owl, Wattled Starling, Bru bru, Fan tailed Flycatcher, Green capped Eremomela, Black Stork, Martial Eagle, great perched view close to the road, GS Cuckoo, Bennetts Pecker, BB Snake Eagle.

30/10, Punda Maria, raining, windy and cool a refreshing change from the excessive heat of the last few days.

Grey headed Parrot, BB Rollers, Purple c Lourie, Jamesons Firefinch, Melba Finch, Red b Helmut Shrike, Bohms Spinetail, LT Starling, Tropical Boubou, Bleu Grey Fly, Yellow bellied Bulbul


left the Kruger and drove to Ben Lavin Reserve en route seeing a Jacobin Cuckoo in the wet.

Ben Lavin Red faced Cisiticola, rather quiet so drove to Tzaneen, Fairview River Lodge

1/11 Drove to Magoebaskloof Hotel for 8am. From hotel birded the waterfall trail, 1.5 km

Superb views of Orange Ground Thrush came to the CD recording readily.

Lesodi Trail, Yellow streaked Bulbul, Black fronted Bush Shrike, Forest Buzzards, Samia Monkeys.

Nsyvlei, Vogelfontein

Spoonbills, Black Crake, Jacana, water levels rather low, played the CD and out popped a Crimson breasted Shrike. Marico Fly, White browed Sparrow Weaver, Greater Honeyguide, Little Bee-eater. Excellent views of 17 Marsh Owls on the ground at 4.45pm.

2/11 Left Vogelfontein after seeing Ovambo Sparrowhawk and Bushveld Pipit, Didric Cukoo and drove to Jo’burg for 2pm, plenty of time to rtn the car and relax before our long flight home.

Left Jo’Burg Airport at 21:00  on the Turkish Airlines back to Istanbul for the onward transfer to London. All went smoothly, plenty of space to stretch out on the plane.


Arrived back at Heathrow at 10.30, N.Express coach back to Southampton






Southern African bird list


Common Ostrich

Struthio camelus


African Penguin

Spheniscus demersus


Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus


Black-necked Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis


Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis


Black-browed Albatross

Thalassarche melanophris


Wandering Albatross


Great Winged Petrel


Salvins Albatross


Shy Albatross

Thalassarche cauta


Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross

Thalassarche chlororhynchos


Southern Giant-Petrel

Macronectes giganteus


Northern Giant-Petrel

Macronectes halli


Pintado Petrel

Daption capense


White-chinned Petrel

Procellaria aequinoctialis


Great Shearwater

Puffinus gravis


Sooty Shearwater

Puffinus griseus


Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Oceanites oceanicus


Black-bellied Storm-Petrel

Fregetta tropica


European Storm-Petrel

Hydrobates pelagicus


Great White Pelican

Pelecanus onocrotalus


Cape Gannet

Morus capensis


African Darter

Anhinga rufa


Reed Cormorant

Phalacrocorax africanus


Crowned Cormorant

Phalacrocorax coronatus


Bank Cormorant

Phalacrocorax neglectus


White-breasted Cormorant

Phalacrocorax [c.] lucidus


Cape Cormorant

Phalacrocorax capensis


Little Egret

Egretta garzetta


Yellow-billed Egret

Egretta intermedia


Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea


Black-headed Heron

Ardea melanocephala


Goliath Heron

Ardea goliath


Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea


Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis


Squacco Heron

Ardeola ralloides


Green-backed Heron

Butorides striatus



Scopus umbretta


Yellow-billed Stork

Mycteria ibis


African Openbill

Anastomus lamelligerus


Black Stork

Ciconia nigra


Abdim's Stork

Ciconia abdimii


Saddle-billed Stork

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis


Marabou Stork

Leptoptilos crumeniferus


Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus


Hadeda Ibis

Bostrychia hagedash


Southern Bald Ibis

Geronticus calvus


African Sacred Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus


African Spoonbill

Platalea alba


Greater Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber


Lesser Flamingo

Phoenicopterus minor


White-faced Duck

Dendrocygna viduata


White-backed Duck

Thalassornis leuconotus


Maccoa Duck

Oxyura maccoa


Egyptian Goose

Alopochen aegyptiacus


South African Shelduck

Tadorna cana


Spur-winged Goose

Plectropterus gambensis


Cape Teal

Anas capensis


African Black Duck

Anas sparsa


Yellow-billed Duck

Anas undulata


Cape Shoveler

Anas smithii


Red-billed Teal

Anas erythrorhyncha


Hottentot Teal

Anas hottentota


Southern Pochard

Netta erythrophthalma


Hooded Vulture

Necrosyrtes monachus


White-backed Vulture

Gyps africanus


Cape Vulture

Gyps coprotheres


Lappet-faced Vulture

Torgos tracheliotus


White-headed Vulture

Trigonoceps occipitalis


Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus caeruleus


Black Kite

Milvus migrans


Yellow-billed Kite

Milvus [m.] aegyptius


Verreaux's Eagle

Aquila verreauxii


Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapax


Steppe Eagle

Aquila nipalensis


Wahlberg's Eagle

Aquila wahlbergi


African Hawk-Eagle

Hieraaetus spilogaster


Booted Eagle

Hieraaetus pennatus


Martial Eagle

Polemaetus bellicosus


Long-crested Eagle

Lophaetus occipitalis


African Crowned Eagle

Stephanoaetus coronatus


Black-breasted Snake-Eagle

Circaetus pectoralis


Brown Snake-Eagle

Circaetus cinereus



Terathopius ecaudatus


African Fish-Eagle

Haliaeetus vocifer


Forest Buzzard

Buteo trizonatus


Jackal Buzzard

Buteo rufofuscus


Little Sparrowhawk

Accipiter minullus


Ovambo Sparrowhawk

Accipiter ovampensis


Pale Chanting Goshawk

Melierax canorus


Gabar Goshawk

Melierax gabar


African Goshawk

Accipiter tachiro


African Marsh-Harrier

Circus ranivorus


Black Harrier

Circus maurus


African Harrier-Hawk

Polyboroides typus


Pygmy Falcon

Polihierax semitorquatus


Lesser Kestrel

Falco naumanni


Common Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus


Greater Kestrel

Falco rupicoloides


Crested Francolin (incl. Kirk's)

Peliperdix sephaena


Grey-winged Francolin

Scleroptila africanus


Red-winged Francolin

Scleroptila levaillantii


Cape Francolin

Pternistes capensis


Natal Francolin

Pternistes natalensis


Red-necked Spurfowl

Pternistes afer


Swainson's Spurfowl

Pternistes swainsonii


Common Quail

Coturnix coturnix


Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris


Southern Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum


Blue Crane

Anthropoides paradisea


African Rail

Rallus caerulescens


Black Crake

Amaurornis flavirostra


Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio [p.] madagascariensis


Common Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus


Red-knobbed Coot

Fulica cristata


Stanley's Bustard

Neotis denhami


Ludwig's Bustard

Neotis ludwigii


Kori Bustard

Ardeotis kori


Red-crested Korhaan

Eupodotis ruficrista


Southern Black Korhaan

Eupodotis afra


Karoo Korhaan

Eupodotis vigorsii


Blue Korhaan

Eupodotis caerulescens


African Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus moquini


Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola


Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula


Kittlitz's Plover

Charadrius pecuarius


Three-banded Plover

Charadrius tricollaris


Chestnut-banded Plover

Charadrius pallidus


Blacksmith Lapwing

Vanellus armatus


White-crowned Lapwing

Vanellus albiceps


African Wattled Lapwing

Vanellus senegallus


Black-winged Lapwing

Vanellus melanopterus


Crowned Lapwing

Vanellus coronatus


Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis


Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia


Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola


Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos


Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres


Red Knot

Calidris canutus


Little Stint

Calidris minuta


Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea



Philomachus pugnax


Ethiopian Snipe

Gallinago nigripennis


Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica


Common Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus


Eurasian Curlew

Numenius arquata


Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus


Pied Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta


Water Thick-knee

Burhinus vermiculatus


Collared Pratincole




White fronted Plover


Spotted Thick-knee

Burhinus capensis


Pomarine Skua


Parasitic Jaeger

Stercorarius parasiticus


Kelp Gull

Larus dominicanus


Grey-headed Gull

Larus cirrocephalus


Hartlaub's Gull

Larus hartlaubii


Caspian Tern

Sterna caspia


Swift Tern

Sterna bergii


Sandwich Tern

Sterna sandvicensis


Common Tern

Sterna hirundo


Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea


White-winged Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus


Namaqua Sandgrouse

Pterocles namaqua


Speckled Pigeon

Columba guinea


Rameron Pigeon

Columba arquatrix


Cinnamon Dove

Aplopelia larvata


Laughing Dove

Streptopelia senegalensis


African Mourning Dove

Streptopelia decipiens


Cape Turtle-Dove

Streptopelia capicola


Red-eyed Dove

Streptopelia semitorquata


Green spotted Dove

Turtur chalcospilos


Tambourine Dove

Turtur tympanistria


Namaqua Dove

Oena capensis


African Green-Pigeon

Treron calva


Cape Parrot

Poicephalus robustus


Brown-headed Parrot

Poicephalus cryptoxanthus


Knysna Turaco

Tauraco corythaix


Purple-crested Turaco

Musophaga porphyreolopha


Grey Go-away-bird

Corythaixoides concolor


Jacobin Cuckoo

Oxylophus jacobinus


Great Spotted Cuckoo

Clamator glandarius


Red-chested Cuckoo

Cuculus solitarius


African Cuckoo

Cuculus gularis


Klaas's Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx klaas


Diderick Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx caprius


Burchell's Coucal

Centropus burchelli


African Scops-Owl

Otus senegalensis


Spotted Eagle-Owl

Bubo africanus


Verreaux's Eagle-Owl

Bubo lacteus


African Wood-Owl

Strix woodfordii


Pearl-spotted Owlet

Glaucidium perlatum


Marsh Owl

Asio capensis


Mozambique Nightjar

Caprimulgus fossii


Bohm's Spinetail

Neafrapus boehmi


African Palm-Swift

Cypsiurus parvus


Alpine Swift

Apus melba


African Black Swift

Apus barbatus


Bradfield's Swift

Apus bradfieldi


Little Swift

Apus affinis


White-rumped Swift

Apus caffer


White-backed Mousebird

Colius colius


Speckled Mousebird

Colius striatus


Red-faced Mousebird

Urocolius indicus


Narina Trogon

Apaloderma narina


Malachite Kingfisher

Alcedo cristata


Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Halcyon albiventris


Striped Kingfisher

Halcyon chelicuti


Giant Kingfisher

Megaceryle maxima


Pied Kingfisher

Ceryle rudis


White-fronted Bee-eater

Merops bullockoides


Little Bee-eater

Merops pusillus


European Bee-eater

Merops apiaster


Lilac-breasted Roller

Coracias caudata


Purple Roller

Coracias naevia


Broad-billed Roller

Eurystomus glaucurus


African Hoopoe

Upupa africana


Green Wood-Hoopoe

Phoeniculus purpureus


Common Scimitarbill

Rhinopomastus cyanomelas


Red-billed Hornbill

Tockus erythrorhynchus


Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Tockus leucomelas


Crowned Hornbill

Tockus alboterminatus


African Grey Hornbill

Tockus nasutus


Trumpeter Hornbill

Bycanistes bucinator


Southern Ground-Hornbill

Bucorvus leadbeateri


Acacia Pied Barbet

Tricholaema leucomelas


Black-collared Barbet

Lybius torquatus


Crested Barbet

Trachyphonus vaillantii


Greater Honeyguide

Indicator indicator


Bennett's Woodpecker

Campethera bennettii


Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Campethera abingoni


Ground Woodpecker

Geocolaptes olivaceus


Cardinal Woodpecker

Dendropicos fuscescens


Bearded Woodpecker

Dendropicos namaquus


Olive Woodpecker

Dendropicos griseocephalus


Red-throated Wryneck

Jynx ruficollis


Agulhas Clapper Lark

Mirafra marjoriae


Karoo Lark

Certhilauda albescens


Red Lark

Certhilauda burra


Karoo Long-billed Lark

Certhilauda [c.] subcoronata


Cape Long-billed Lark

Certhilauda [c.] curvirostris


Agulhas Long-billed Lark

Certhilauda [c.] brevirostris


Large-billed Lark

Galerida magnirostris


Fawn-coloured Lark

Mirafra africanoides


Red-capped Lark

Calandrella cinerea


Rudd's Lark

Heteromirafra ruddi


Botha's Lark

Spizocorys fringillaris


Sclater's Lark

Spizocorys sclateri


Stark's Lark

Eremalauda starki


Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark

Eremopterix leucotis


Black-eared Sparrowlark

Eremopterix australis


Grey-backed Sparrowlark

Eremopterix verticalis


Spike-heeled Lark

Chersomanes albofasciata


Red-breasted Swallow

Hirundo semirufa


Greater Striped Swallow

Hirundo cucullata


Lesser Striped Swallow

Hirundo abyssinica


South African Cliff-Swallow

Hirundo spilodera


Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica


Wire-tailed Swallow

Hirundo smithii


Pearl-breasted Swallow

Hirundo dimidiata


White-throated Swallow

Hirundo albigularis


Black Saw-wing

Psalidoprocne holomelaena


Blue Swallow

Hirundo atrocaerulea


Banded Martin

Riparia cincta


Brown-throated Martin

Riparia paludicola


Rock Martin

Hirundo fuligula


Grey-rumped Swallow

Pseudhirundo griseopyga


Fork-tailed Drongo

Dicrurus adsimilis


Black-headed Oriole

Oriolus larvatus


Cape Crow

Corvus capensis


Pied Crow

Corvus albus


White-necked Raven

Corvus albicollis


Grey Penduline-Tit

Anthoscopus caroli


Cape Penduline-Tit

Anthoscopus minutus


Southern Black Tit

Parus niger


Southern Grey Tit

Parus afer


Southern Pied Babbler

Turdoides bicolor


Arrow-marked Babbler

Turdoides jardineii


Bush Blackcap

Lioptilus nigricapillus


Black-eyed Bulbul

Pycnonotus tricolor


African Red-eyed Bulbul

Pycnonotus nigricans


Cape Bulbul

Pycnonotus capensis


Sombre Greenbul

Andropadus importunus


Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Chlorocichla flaviventris


Terrestrial Brownbul

Phyllastrephus terrestris


Yellow-streaked Greenbul

Phyllastrephus flavostriatus


Orange Ground-Thrush

Zoothera gurneyi


Groundscraper Thrush

Psophocichla litsipsirupa


Kurrichane Thrush

Turdus libonyanus


Olive Thrush

Turdus olivaceus


Cape Rock-Thrush

Monticola rupestris


Sentinel Rock-Thrush

Monticola explorator


Cape Rock-jumper

Chaetops frenatus


African Stonechat

Saxicola torquata


Buff-streaked Chat

Oenanthe bifasciata


Mountain Wheatear

Oenanthe monticola


Capped Wheatear

Oenanthe pileata


Sickle-winged Chat

Cercomela sinuata


Karoo Chat

Cercomela schlegelii


Tractrac Chat

Cercomela tractrac


Familiar Chat

Cercomela familiaris


Anteating Chat

Myrmecocichla formicivora


Cape Robin-Chat

Cossypha caffra


White-throated Robin-Chat

Cossypha humeralis


White-browed Robin-Chat

Cossypha heuglini


Natal Robin

Cossypha natalensis


Chorister Robin-Chat

Cossypha dichroa


White-browed Scrub-Robin

Cercotrichas leucophrys


Karoo Scrub-Robin

Cercotrichas coryphaeus


Red-faced Cisticola

Cisticola erythrops


Lazy Cisticola

Cisticola aberrans


Rattling Cisticola

Cisticola chinianus


Grey-backed Cisticola

Cisticola subruficapillus


Wailing Cisticola

Cisticola lais


Levaillant's Cisticola

Cisticola tinniens


Croaking Cisticola

Cisticola natalensis



Cisticola fulvicapillus


Zitting Cisticola

Cisticola juncidis


Cloud Cisticola

Cisticola textrix


Wing-snapping Cisticola

Cisticola ayresii


Tawny-flanked Prinia

Prinia subflava


Black-chested Prinia

Prinia flavicans


Karoo Prinia

Prinia maculosa


Drakensberg Prinia

Prinia [m.] hypoxantha


Namaqua Warbler

Phragmacia substriata


Rufous-eared Warbler

Malcorus pectoralis


Bar-throated Apalis

Apalis thoracica


Yellow-breasted Apalis

Apalis flavida


Green-backed Camaroptera

Camaroptera brachyura


Cape White-eye

Zosterops pallidus


African Sedge Warbler

Bradypterus baboecala


Knysna Warbler

Bradypterus sylvaticus


Barratt's Warbler

Bradypterus barratti


Victorin's Warbler

Bradypterus victorini


Cape Grassbird

Sphenoeacus afer


African Marsh Warbler

Acrocephalus baeticatus


Cape Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus gracilirostris


Yellow-bellied Eremomela

Eremomela icteropygialis


Green-capped Eremomela

Eremomela scotops


Karoo Eremomela

Eremomela gregalis


Burnt-necked Eremomela

Eremomela usticollis


Long-billed Crombec

Sylvietta rufescens


Yellow-throated Warbler

Phylloscopus ruficapillus


Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus


Layard's Tit-Babbler

Parisoma layardi


Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler

Parisoma subcaeruleum


Mouse-coloured Flycatcher

Bradornis pallidus


Chat Flycatcher

Bradornis infuscatus


Marico Flycatcher

Bradornis mariquensis


Southern Black Flycatcher

Melaenornis pammelaina


Fiscal Flycatcher

Sigelus silens


African Dusky Flycatcher

Muscicapa adusta


Blue grey Flycatcher

Muscicapa caerulescens


Fan-tailed Flycatcher

Myioparus plumbeus


Cape Batis

Batis capensis


Chinspot Batis

Batis molitor


Pririt Batis

Batis pririt


Fairy Flycatcher

Stenostira scita


African Paradise-Flycatcher

Terpsiphone viridis


African Pied Wagtail

Motacilla aguimp


Cape Wagtail

Motacilla capensis


Orange-throated Longclaw

Macronyx capensis


Yellow-breasted Pipit

Anthus chloris


Striped Pipit

Anthus lineiventris


Grassveld Pipit

Anthus cinnamomeus


Plain-backed Pipit

Anthus leucophrys


Bushveld Pipit

Anthus caffer


Common Fiscal

Lanius collaris


Long-tailed Shrike

Corvinella melanoleuca


Southern White-crowned Shrike

Eurocephalus anguitimens



Nilaus afer


Black-backed Puffback

Dryoscopus cubla


Black-crowned Tchagra

Tchagra senegala


Three-streaked Tchagra

Tchagra australis


Tropical Boubou


Southern Boubou

Laniarius ferrugineus


Crimson-breasted Shrike

Laniarius atrococcineus



Telophorus zeylonus


Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike

Telophorus sulfureopectus


Olive Bush-Shrike

Telophorus olivaceus


Black-fronted Bush-Shrike

Telophorus nigrifrons


Grey-headed Bush-Shrike

Malaconotus blanchoti


White-crested Helmet-Shrike

Prionops plumatus


Red-billed Helmet-Shrike

Prionops retzii


Pale-winged Starling

Onychognathus nabouroup


Red-winged Starling

Onychognathus morio


Cape Glossy Starling

Lamprotornis nitens


Greater Blue-eared Starling

Lamprotornis chalybaeus


Burchell's Starling

Lamprotornis australis


Plum-coloured Starling

Cinnyricinclus leucogaster


Pied Starling

Spreo bicolor


Wattled Starling

Creatophora cinerea


Long tailed Starling


Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris


Red-billed Oxpecker

Buphagus erythrorhynchus


Gurney's Sugarbird

Promerops gurneyi


Cape Sugarbird

Promerops cafer


Orange-breasted Sunbird

Anthobaphes violacea


Black Sunbird

Chalcomitra amethystina


Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Chalcomitra senegalensis


Malachite Sunbird

Nectarinia famosa


Collared Sunbird

Hedydipna collaris


Lesser Double-collared Sunbird

Cinnyris chalybea


Greater Double-collared Sunbird

Cinnyris afra


White-bellied Sunbird

Cinnyris talatala


Dusky Sunbird

Cinnyris fusca


Marico Sunbird

Cinnyris mariquensis


House Sparrow

Passer domesticus


Cape Sparrow

Passer melanurus


Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

Passer griseus


Yellow-throated Petronia

Petronia superciliaris


Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver

Bubalornis niger


White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Plocepasser mahali


Village Weaver

Ploceus cucullatus


Southern Masked-Weaver

Ploceus velatus


Lesser Masked-Weaver

Ploceus intermedius


Red-headed Weaver

Anaplectes rubriceps


Cape Weaver

Ploceus capensis


Red-billed Quelea

Quelea quelea


Southern Red Bishop

Euplectes orix


Long-tailed Widowbird

Euplectes progne


Red-shouldered Widowbird

Euplectes axillaris


Yellow-rumped Bishop

Euplectes capensis


Pin-tailed Whydah

Vidua macroura


Jameson's Firefinch

Lagonosticta rhodopareia


Red-billed Firefinch

Lagonosticta senegala


Swee Waxbill

Estrilda melanotis


Scaly-feathered Finch

Sporopipes squamifrons


Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrild


Blue Waxbill

Uraeginthus angolensis


Melba Pytilia

Pytilia melba


African Quailfinch

Ortygospiza atricollis


Cape Canary

Serinus canicollis


Forest Canary

Serinus scotops


Yellow-eyed Canary

Serinus mozambicus


Yellow Canary

Serinus flaviventris


Bully Canary

Serinus sulphuratus


White-throated Canary

Serinus albogularis


Streaky-headed Seedeater

Serinus gularis


Black-headed Canary

Alario alario


Cape Siskin

Pseudochloroptila totta


Lark-like Bunting

Emberiza impetuani


Cape Bunting

Emberiza capensis


Golden-breasted Bunting

Emberiza flaviventris



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