'Africa Bird Guide'

Information on species of African birds including birds you will see while on safari in South Africa.

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Fish eagle.

African Fish Eagle


Africa Bird Guide Information: The African Fish Eagle is a fairly large eagle. It has a distinctive black, brown, and white plumage.
African Birds  Richard Miller

Africa's Birds


Africa Bird Guide Information: The Kruger National Park is home to most of South Africa's raptors. Vultures occur most in central grasslands, while eagles prefer mixed woodlands along
Taita Falcon.

Taita Falcon


Africa Bird Guide Information: The Taita falcon (Falco fasciinucha) is a small raptor with a banded nape. It was first identified in Kenya and is similar to the Peregrine falcon but
An ostrich in the wild  Leigh Kemp

Ostrich


Africa Bird Guide Information: The ostrich (struthio camelus) is a member of a group of birds known as ratites, that is they are flightless birds without a keel to their breastbone
Penguin

Guano birds


Africa Bird Guide Information: Historically most southern African guano has been produced by three species, the Jackass Penguin, the Cape Gannet, and the Cape Cormorant
White Fronted Plover

White Fronted Plover


Africa Bird Guide Information: The White-fronted Plover male has a more conspicuous black line behind eye and usually small dark patches on sides of breast. The birds from the Western
Whitebreasted Cormorant

Whitebreasted Cormorant


Africa Bird Guide Information: Identified by large size and white underparts, throat to breast or, in immatures, entirely white underparts, much whiter than the immature of the Reed
Turnstone

Turnstone


Africa Bird Guide Information: In summer plumage the head and neck of the Turnstone bird attain a black-and-white pattern, the scapulars and wing-coverts a bright chestnut

Swift Tern


Africa Bird Guide Information: Swift Tern is a large Tern, with large, slightly curved, yellow bill. Forehead strip, sides of face, neck and underparts white. Black legs and feet with
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern


Africa Bird Guide Information: Sandwich Tern is much larger than Common Tern, its back paler than other similar-sized Terns. Differs from Gullbilled Tern in a much slimmer appearance
Sanderling. Graham Cooke

Sanderling


Africa Bird Guide Information: Sanderlings have a rather drab colouring, mainly white in appearance but with pale grey on crown and upper parts. Bill and legs are black. Short heavy
Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull


Africa Bird Guide Information: The adult Kelp Gull, also known as Southern Blackbacked Gull has dark eyes and whitish-yellow feet
Grey-headed Gull

Grey-headed Gull


Africa Bird Guide Information: Adults have all-grey hood, pale yellow eyes and bright red bills and legs. When non-breeding, the head is white.
Grey Plover

Grey Plover


Africa Bird Guide Information: The size, high forehead, short bill and long legs, distinguishes this Plover from other waders. In summer plumage the underparts from the chin to lower
Damara Tern

Damara Tern


Africa Bird Guide Information: Small size and all-black cap diagnostic of breeding plumage; at other times differs from Little Tern in longer, slightly downturned bill and paler grey
Curlew

Curlew


Africa Bird Guide Information: Males are smaller than females. Upper parts mottled black and light chestnut; neck, chest and breast buff streaked with chestnut and dusky, rump and
Crowned Cormorant

Crowned Cormorant


Africa Bird Guide Information: A marine version of the Reed Cormorant and recognised by its overall blacker appearance, permanent crest all year and shorter tail.
Common Tern

Common Tern


Africa Bird Guide Information: The bill is 1 times the distance between back of eye and front of forehead, the bill is red with black tip but shows more black in non-breeding
Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern


Africa Bird Guide Information: Largest tern in our region. Massive red bill and overall size render this tern unmistakable.
Cape Wagtail

Cape Wagtail


Africa Bird Guide Information: This common bird is unmistakable with its grey-brown upperparts, dark band across chest and white outer tail-feathers. No white on secondaries.
Cape Gannet

Cape Gannet


Africa Bird Guide Information: Unmistakable, large black and white seabird with yellow head and hind neck, at close range with distinctive black lines on bill and face, plus a long
Cape Cormorant

Cape Cormorant


Africa Bird Guide Information: Breeding adults told by entirely glossy green-black plumage, head without crest, orange-yellow bill-base; the eyes are greenish. Fairly long neck
Bank Cormorant

Bank Cormorant


Africa Bird Guide Information: Told by heavy-bodied appearance, crested head and usually (not always) a white rump; wings dark brown, rest black with bronze sheen
African Black Oystercatcher

African Black Oystercatcher


Africa Bird Guide Information: The Oystercatcher is entirely black with red legs and an orange-tipped red bill. Wedge-like bill, which is slightly longer than the head, the mandibles
White Faced Duck. Richard Miller

White Faced Duck


Africa Bird Guide Information: The adult males have the front half of their head and throat white and the rest of their head and neck are black with white patches on the underside
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