Tag Archive: birds of southern africa

Cape Bulbul

This Cape BulbulPycnonotus capensis is found in the coastal bush and fynbos of the Western and Eastern Cape.
The colouration of the bulbul is a dull, blackish brown – the colour extending further down the underparts than in the related Red-eyed and Common Bulbuls. The undertail coverts are bright yellow. The most notable feature though is the prominent white eye-ring, which usually appears much wider at the front (towards the bill) than the rear. The Bulbul’s diet consists of fruit, nectar,seeds and insects. This one was caught on camera at Thunzi Bush Lodge outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

Cape bulBul

Red Eyed Dove Preening

The Red Eyed Dove or Streptopelia semitorquata is slightly larger and darker than the Cape Turtle Dove. Its habitat ranges from Bushes to gardens to parks. The Red-eyed Dove is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common, if not abundant, species in most habitats. The Red-eyed Dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, typically 34cm in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. When flying, it shows blackish flight feathers. The head and underparts are dark vinous-pink, shading to pale grey on the face. There is a black hind neck patch edged with white. The legs and a patch of bare skin around the eye are red. Red-eyed Doves eat grass seeds, grains and other vegetation. They often forage on the ground. In this photo, the dove is preening itself next to it mate. This picture was taken at a place called The Island on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Red Eyed Dove Preening

Dark Capped Bulbul

The Dark Capped Bulbul – Pycnonotus Tricolor is the most common bulbul in the eastern area’s of South Africa. It is different from the African Red Eye and Cape Bulbuls by its black (not red or white) eye ring. Their habitats range from savanna to forests and gardens. The females will lay 2-3 eggs at a time. Their main diet includes; fruit, seeds, flowers, nectar, insects and spiders. Extracts taken out of Sasols’ Complete Photographic Field Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

Dark Capped Bulbul

Red Wing Starling

This Red Wing Starlings’ picture was taken at Fish River Villas near Mpekweni. Its technical name is Onychognathus Morio. Its main habitats are rocky ravines and cliffs. These birds tend to be very aggressive and won’t think twice about attacking humans. If you have them in your roof, you may expect a lot of noise, droppings, and most distressingly, lice. Many birds carry lice but, the starling is the greatest culprit.

Red Wing Starling

Cape Glossy Starling

The Cape Glossy Starling – Lamprotornis nitens is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sturnidae bird family group which includes birds such as Starlings, Mynans, Oxpeckers. Lamprotornis is a large genus of glossy-starlings all of which occur in Africa south of the Sahara. The Cape Glossy Starling is known in Afrikaans as Kleinglansspreeu. The Cape Glossy Starling has a height of 25 cms and weighs around 90 gms. The head is coloured blue while the bill is coloured black. The Lamprotornis nitens has a blue coloured throat, black legs and a blue coloured back. The eyes are orange.

Cape Glossy Starling

Fulvous Duck

The Fulvous Duck or Dendrocygna Bicolor is found in fresh water lakes and dams. It is one of the most widespread species of waterfowl in the world. The Fulvous Whistling-Duck‘s have a mostly seed-based diet which makes it fond of rice-growing areas. It nests on a stick platform in reeds, laying 8 to 12 eggs, but hollow trees or old bird nests are occasionally used for nesting.

Fulvous Duck