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Birds in SA

South Africa is a paradise for birdwatchers; there are many different and often beautifully coloured birds. Below is a list of the birds you can spot during your vacation.

Acacia Pied Barbet - Tricholaema leucomelas

African (Purple) Swamphen - Porphyrio porphyria

African Darter - Anhinga rufa

African Dusky Flycatchers -  Muscicapa adusta

African Goshawk - Accipiter tachiro

African Harrier-Hawk - Polyboroides typus

African Marsh Harrier - Circus ranivorus

African Olive Pigeon - Columba arquatrix

African Paradise Flycatcher - Terpsiphone viridis

African Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus

African Snipes - Gallinago nigripennis

African Wood-Owl - Strix woodfordii

Ant-eating Chat - Myrmecocichla formicivora

Arrow-marked Babbler - Turdoides jardineii

Ashy Tit - Parus cinerascens

Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Barratt's Warbler - Bradypterus barratti

Barred Wren-Warbler - Calamonastes fasciolatus

Black Sparrowhawks - Accipiter melanoleucus

Black-chested Snake-Eagle - Circaetus pectoralis

Black-collared Barbet - Lybius torquatus

Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-faced Waxbill - Estrilda erythronotos

Black-fronted Bushshrike - Telophorus nigrifrons

Black-headed Heron  - Ardea melanocephala

Black-headed Oriole - Oriolus larvatus

Black-necked Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis

Black-rumped Buttonquail - Turnix hottentottus

Black-winged Lapwing - Vanellus melanopterus

Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

Blue Swallow - Hirundo atrocaerulea

Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher - Trochocercus cyanomelas

Bokmakierie - Telophorus zeylonus

Booted Eagle - Aquila pennata

Brimstone Canary -  Serinus sulphuratus

Brown Scrub-robin - Cercotrichas signata

Brubru - Nilaus afer

Buff-streaked Chat - Campicoloides bifasciatus

Burnt-necked Eremomela - Eremomela usticollis

Bush Blackcap - Lioptilus nigricapillus

Cape Bulbul - Pycnonotus capensis

Cape Bunting - Emberiza capensis

Cape Cormorant - Phalacrocorax capensis

Cape Grassbird - Sphenoeacus afer

Cape Longclaw - Macronyx capensis

Cape Parrot - Poicephalus robustus

Cape Robin-Chat - Cossypha caffra

Cape Rockjumper - Chaetops frenatus

Cape Rock-Thrush - Monticola rupestris

Cape Shoveller - Anas smithii

Cape Siskin - Serinus totta

Cape Spurfowl of Cape Francolin - Pternistis capensis

Cape Sugarbird - Promerops cafer

Cape Vulture - Gyps coprotheres

Cardinal Woodpecker - Dendropicos fuscescens

Chorister Robin-Chat - Cossypha dichroa

Cinnamon Dove - Columba larvata

Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos

Coqui Francolin - Peliperdix coqui - Coqui

Crested Barbet - Trachyphonus vaillantii

Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea

Desert Cisticola - Cisticola aridulus

Drakensberg Prinia - Prinia hypoxantha

Emerald Cuckoo - Chrysococcyx cupreus

Familiar Chat - Cercomela familiaris

Forest Buzzard - Buteo oreophilus

Forest Canary - Serinus scotops

Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus

Golden-tailed Woodpecker - Campethera abingoni

Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

Greater Painted Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

Greater Striped Swallow - Cecropis cucullata

Green Twinspot - Mandingoa nitidula

Grey Cuckooshrike - Coracina caesia

Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

Grey-backed Cisticola - Cisticola subruficapilla

Gurney's Sugarbird - Promerops gurneyi 

Jackal Buzzard - Buteo rufofuscus

Kalahari Scrub-Robin - Erythropygia paean

Karoo Prinia - Prinia maculosa

Knysna Turaco - Tauraco corythaix

Knysna Warbler - Bradypterus sylvaticus

Lazy Cisticola - Cisticola aberrans

Lemon Dove of Cinnamon Dove - Columba larvata

Lesser Honeyguide - Indicator minor

Lesser Swamp Warbler - Acrocephalus gracilirostris

Levaillant's Cisticola - Cisticola tinniens

Lilac-breasted Roller - Coracias caudatus

Little Bittern - Ixobrychus minutus

Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Rush Warblers - Bradypterus baboecala

Long-billed Crombec - Sylvietta isabellina

Maccoa Duck -  Oxyura maccoa

Magpie Shrike - Urolestes melanoleucus

Malachite Kingfishers - Alcedo cristata

Marico Flycatcher -  Melaenornis mariquensis

Marico Sunbird - Cinnyris mariquensis

Mocking Cliff-Chat - Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris

Mountain Wagtail - Motacilla clara

Narina Trogon - Apaloderma narina

Natal Spurfowl - Pternistis natalensis

Northern Black Korhaan - Afrotis afraoides

Olive Bush-Shrike - Telophorus olivaceus

Olive Thrush - Turdus olivaceus

Olive Woodpecker - Mesopicos griseocephalus

Orange Ground-Thrush - Geokichla gurneyi

Orange-breasted Sunbird - Anthobaphes violacea

Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus

Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea

Red-backed Shrike - Lanius collurio

Red-billed Teal - Anas erythrorhyncha

Red-necked Spurfowl - Pternistis afer

Red-throated Wryneck - Jynx ruficollis

Red-winged Francolin - Scleroptila levaillantii

Red-winged Starling - Onychognathus morio

Rock Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Ruff - Philomachus pugnax

Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawks - Accipiter rufiventris

Rufous-naped Lark - Mirafra Africana

Sanderling - Calidris alba

Scaly-feathered Finch - Sporopipes squamifrons

Secretarybird - Sagittarius serpentarius ­

Shikra - Accipiter badius

Short-clawed Lark - Certhilauda chuana

Sombre Greenbul - Andropadus importunes

Southern Black Tit - Parus niger

Southern Double-collared Sunbird - Cinnyris chalybeus

Southern Masked Weavers - Ploceus velatus

Southern Pochard - Netta erythrophthalma

Southern Red Bishop - Euplectes orix

Southern Tchagra - Tchagra tchagra

Spotted Eagle-Owl - Bubo africanus

Square-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus ludwigii

Steppe Buzzard - Buteo buteo

Swainson's Spurfowl - Pternistis swainsonii

Swee Waxbill - Coccopygia melanotis

Tern - Laridae

Verreaux's (Black) Eagle - Aquila verreauxii

Violet-eared Waxbill - Uraeginthus granatinus

Wahlberg's Eagle - Aquila wahlbergi

Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis

White-backed Mousebird - Colius colius

White-breasted Cormorant - Phalacrocorax lucidus

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver - Plocepasser mahali

White-fronted Plover - Charadrius marginatus

White-starred Robin - Pogonocichla stellate

White-throated Swallow - Hirundo albigularis

Wing-snapping Cisticola - Cisticola ayresii

Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola

Yellow Bishops - Euplectes capensis

Yellow-billed Duck - Anas undulate

Yellow-streaked Greenbul - Phyllastrephus flavostriatus

Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler - Phylloscopus ruficapilla

Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis


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