Tag Archive: Birds of South Africa

Fork Tailed Drongo

The Fork-tailed Drongo is a type of small passerine bird. Its scientific name is Dicrurus adsimilis and is also known as the Common Drongo, African Drongo or Savanna Drongo. They are members of the family Dicruridae.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is common and widespread in South Africa and mostly south of the Sahara. These insect-eating birds are usually found in open forests or bush. The females lay two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a fork high in a tree.
These are aggressive birds with no fear and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey especially if their nest or young are threatened.
The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is approx. 25 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, just like a shrike. It flycatches or take prey from the ground and is attracted to bush fires.
Forked Tail Drongo

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

The Brown Hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon Albiventris) is a species of bird in the Halcyonidae family and is distinguished from other red billed kingfishers by its brownish colored head, with black streaks. Its habitat is non-aquatic, thornveld, coastal forests and is also common to gardens and parks. The adults size is about 19 to 20 cm. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This picture was taken in a nearby bush in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Afrikaans name for this is Bruinkopvisvanger.

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

Cape Weaver Bird

The Cape Weaver, Ploceus capensis is a resident breeding bird species endemic to South Africa. This common species occurs in grassland, agricultural and fynbos habitats, often near rivers. It breeds in trees and reedbeds.The Cape Weaver builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch or reed. The Cape Weaver feeds on a wide variety of seeds, grain and insects. The Cape Weaver is a stocky 17 cm long bird with streaked olive-brown upperparts and a long pointed conical bill. The breeding male has a yellow head and underparts, an orange face, and a white iris. The adult female has an olive-yellow head and breast, shading to pale yellow on the lower belly. Her eyes are brown.

Cape Weaver Bird

BontKiewiet

Because we are in South Africa, we will call this bird a BontKiewiet, but actually it has two other names; the Blacksmith Plover and the Blacksmith Lapwing.
Its Technincal name is Vanellus armatus Hoplopterus. We snapped this birds picture at the Kragga Kamma Game Park just outside Port Elizabeth. The bird was pretty tame as if it was used to the many cars in the park to have driven past it to take its picture.

BontKiewiet