BIRDS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

February 2006

Following is a list of birds seen during our trip through Namibia and the Drakensburg Mountains in South Africa. Most of the reliable sightings (~90%) were made in a single morning, walking with bird expert Dave Johnson at Cavern Berg Resort in the Drakesburg.

This list is only about 80% of our total sightings. For the first part of our trip—particularly in Etosha—we couldn't find a bird book to help us. Even when we had one, we had the usual problems with little brown jobbies, weavers, which were too numerous to identify, and raptors, which were often too far off. Birds such as the European Starling I refuse to list but don't want to talk about it.

Photos are limited to those few birds tame enough to approach within the practical zoom of our camera. We are indebted to Arthur Westing for his excellent additional photos, to him and to his wife Carol, and to Dave Johnson in South Africa, without whom several more of our photos could have been identified only as "Definitely not chickens".

Later note: a local site originally provided further photos and info on each bird and I provided a link for each. However, they have since decided to use a service which charges, rendering the links inoperatives, so have removed them.



Abdim's Stork(Etosha)
African Hoopoe(Etosha)
African Stonechat
African White-backed Vulture(Etosha)
Amur Falcon
Arrow-marked Babbler
Black (Southern) Flycatcher
Black Saw-wing Swallow
Black-collared Barbet
Black-eyed Bulbul
Blue Crane(Etosha)
Brown Hooded Kingfisher
Cape Crow
Cape Glossy Starling(Etosha)
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Wagtail
Cardinal Woodpecker
Cattle Egret(Etosha)
Common Ostrich(Etosha)
Common Waxbill
Definitely not a chicken(Etosha)
Definitely not another chicken(Etosha)
Familiar Chat
Fork-tailed Drongo
Giant Kingfisher
Great White Pelican
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Greater Flamingo
Greater Striped Swallow
Ground Woodpecker
Groundscraper Thrush
Hadeda Ibis
Half-collared Kingfisher
Helmeted Guineafowl(Etosha)
House Sparrow
Jackal Buzzard
Kori Bustard(Etosha)
Laughing Dove
Levaillant's Cisticola
Lilac-breasted Roller(Etosha)
Long tailed Wagtail
Long-tailed Widow-Bird
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Sunbird
Marabou Stork(Etosha)
Martial Eagle
Northern Black Korhaan(Etosha)
Paradise Flycatcher
Pied Crow
Pin-tailed Whydah
Rameron Pigeon
Red-eyed Dove
Red-winged Starling
Reed Cormorant
Rock Kestrel
Sacred Ibis
Secretary Bird(Etosha)
Sociable Weaver (nest shown)(Etosha)
Southern Boubou
Southern Masked Weaver
Spectacled Weaver
Steppe Buzzard
Swee Waxbill
White-necked Raven
White-rumped Swift
Yellow Crowned Bishop