This bird is easily identified by its peculiar shaped long, red bill with a yellowish tip.
There once was a young person named Little Red Riding Hood who lived on the edge of a forest full of endangered owls and rare plants with a nurture giver, whom she referred to as “mother”, although she didn’t mean to imply that she would have thought less of the person if a close biological link did not exist.
A common bird in the scrub layer of acacia and broadleaved dry woodlands, the Black-chested Prinia is found from southern Angola and south-west Zambia to the southern parts of Africa, where it primarily enjoys western distribution.
The Ludwig’s Bustard is virtually endemic to southern Africa and is mainly found in South Africa and Namibia, although its distribution extends marginally into the southwestern parts of both Angola and Botswana. It occasionally enters Lesotho.
The Common Moorhen is a dull, sooty black, medium-sized water bird. It is black all over, except for a white undertail and white streaks on the flanks that are only visible in flight.
The municipal elections may be over, but you have one more opportunity to cast your vote – for the worthy nominees in the first Hartbeespoort Community Awards.
This is a grassland bird with a characteristic upright stance; unmistakable with a diagnostic deep orange throat encircled with black.
A familiar garden bird in most of its southern African range. The Red-eyed Dove has a high tolerance of habitat transformation, and indeed seems to have benefitted from land use change. It has adapted to city gardens and open parks.
Over a hundred years ago, Pied Starlings nested in the walls of the Castle in Cape Town. Today they still occur in small rural towns and villages in South Africa.
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The Barn Owl’s heart-shaped, white facial disc highlights the small eyes. It is a medium-sized owl with golden buff and grey upperparts with small white spots. Its underparts are white with fine brown spots from the breast to belly, with a wash of tawny across the breast.