Birds

Southern African Birds

A, B, C,D-G,H-L, M-P, Q-R, S, T-Z

Over the past few years we have taken photographs of many of the birds of Southern Africa, some of which can be viewed by selecting the links above. These galleries are in alphabetical order.

Sandgrouse Chicks
Three young sandgrouse chicks and their mother photographed at the Spitzkoppe in Namibia.

Double banded Sandgrouse

Martins
Two young chicks being fed.

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The Gannets of Lamberts Bay
A visit to the wonderful gannet colony on the West Coast of South Africa.

Cape Gannet

From nowhere – a heronry
About 150 km west of Windhoek in Namibia, the Black Nossob River runs through the farm “Vendetta” on its way to join up with the White Nossob before winding its way into the Kalahari Desert.

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Birds on Namibian Postage Stamps
Some of Namibia’s most beautiful birds have featured on the country’s postage stamps. A few of them can be seen by following this link.

Southern carmine bee-eater
One on southern Africa’s most beautiful birds visits northern Namibia for a few months each year to breed in tunnels that it excavates into river banks. We visited a few of the breeding sites on the Zambezi and Kwando Rivers.

Southern Carmine Bee Eater

New Zealand Birds

New Zealand Birds
Photographs taken during a short trip to New Zealand during February 2007.

Bird of the Week

A bit of fun for 2010 – Each week one of the birds of Southern Africa will be selected at random and a few pictures posted together with a little general information.

Bird of the Week – Week 144 – Common moorhen January 30th, 2013
Bird of the Week – Week 143 – White-fronted bee-eater January 19th, 2013
Bird of the Week – Week 141 – Crested barbet December 24th, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 140 – Montiero’s hornbill December 13th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 139 – White-tailed shrike November 21st, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 138 – Marabou stork November 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 137 – Swamp boubou November 5th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 136 – Tawny-flanked prinia October 28th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 135 – Lesser grey shrike October 18th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 134 – Kurrichane thrush October 8th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 133 – Red-billed oxpecker September 30th, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 131 – African skimmer September 2nd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 132 – Black-chested prinia August 21st, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 130 – Olive woodpecker August 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 129 – Malachite sunbird August 5th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 128 – Egyptian goose July 29th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 127 – White-browed scrub-robin June 27th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 126 – Yellow-billed oxpecker June 17th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 125 – Black cuckoo June 11th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 124 – Green-backed heron June 3rd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 123 – Yellow-fronted canary May 27th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 122 – Ant-eating chat May 20th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 121 – Yellow canary May 13th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 120 – Brown-hooded kingfisher April 22nd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 119 – Sociable weaver April 15th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 118 – Bearded woodpecker April 8th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 117 – Bare-cheeked babbler April 1st, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 116 – Common waxbill March 25th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 115 – Rock martin March 18th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 114 – Hartlaub’s gull March 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 113 – South African shelduck March 4th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 112 – Pin-tailed whydah February 26th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 111 – Orange River white-eye February 19th, 2012
The Bird of the Week – Week 110 – Cape crow February 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 109 – Southern pale chanting goshawk February 5th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 108 – Greater flamingo January 29th, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 107 – Arrow-marked babbler January 22nd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 106 – Green-winged pytilia January 16th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 105 – Common ostrich January 9th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 104 – Mountain wheatear January 2nd, 2012
The Bird of the Week – Week 103 – Dark-capped bulbul December 25th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 102 – African paradise-flycatcher December 17th, 2011 (2)
The Bird of the Week – Week 101 – Meve’s starling December 11th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 100 – African green pigeon December 4th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 99 – Malachite kingfisher November 27th, 2011 (2)
The Bird of the Week – Week 98 – Shaft-tailed whydah November 20th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 97 – Emerald-spotted wood-dove November 13th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 96 – Black-backed puffback November 6th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 95 – Little grebe October 30th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 94 – Woolly-necked stork October 23rd, 2011 (1)
The Bird of the Week – Week 93 – Black-faced waxbill October 16th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 92 – Red-billed firefinch October 9th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 91 – Hartlaub’s babbler October 2nd, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 90 – Double-banded courser September 25th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 89 – Black-collared Barbet September 18th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 88 – Chinspot batis September 11th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 87 – African openbill September 4th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 86 – Brubru August 28th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 85 – Helmeted guineafowl August 21st, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 84 – Familiar chat August 14th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 83 – Rock kestrel August 8th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 82 – Ruppell’s korhaan July 31st, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 81 – Burchell’s coucal July 25th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 80 – Little bee-eater July 18th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 79 – Squacco heron July 11th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 78 – Mallard July 3rd, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 77 – Cape bunting June 26th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 76 – Yellow-bellied eremomela June 19th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 75 – Cape cormorant June 12th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 74 : White-browed scrub-robin June 5th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 73 – Namaqua dove May 30th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 72 – Giant kingfisher May 22nd, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 71 – Short-toed rock-thrush May 15th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 70 – Magpie shrike May 8th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 69 – Double-banded sandgrouse May 1st, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 68 – Grey go-away bird April 25th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 67 – Yellow-breasted apalis April 17th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 66 : Black-headed heron April 11th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 65: Cape turtle dove April 3rd, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 64 : Lark-like bunting March 27th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 63: Great sparrow March 20th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 62: Yellow-billed stork March 13th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 61 : Speckled mousebird March 6th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 60: Grey-backed camaroptera February 27th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 59: Greater kestrel February 20th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 58: Ashy tit February 13th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 57: Grey heron February 6th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 56: Common whimbrel January 30th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 55: Diderick cuckoo January 23rd, 2011 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 54: Cape glossy starling January 16th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 53: White-throated canary January 9th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 52: White-browed sparrow-weaver January 2nd, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 51: Yellow-billed kite December 26th, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 50: African sacred ibis December 19th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 49: Crowned lapwing December 12th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 48: Pied kingfisher December 5th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 47: Chestnut-vented tit-babbler November 28th, 2010 (2)
Bird of the Week – Week 46 : Southern carmine bee-eater November 21st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 45: Yellow-bellied greenbul November 14th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 44 : Orange River francolin November 7th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 43: Bokmakierie October 31st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 42 : African mourning dove October 24th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 41 : African Jacana October 17th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 40 : African pied wagtail October 10th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 39 : Bateleur October 3rd, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 38 : Madagascar bee-eater September 26th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 37 : Dusky sunbird September 19th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 36 : Black-shouldered kite September 12th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 35 : Abdim’s stork August 29th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 34 : Rosy-faced lovebird August 22nd, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 33 : Laughing dove August 15th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 32: Blue-cheeked bee-eater August 8th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 31 : Marico sunbird August 1st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 30 : African hawk-eagle July 25th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 29 : Cattle egret July 18th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 27 : Water thick-knee July 11th, 2010 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 28 : African darter July 4th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 26 : White-backed mousebird June 27th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 25 : Violet-eared waxbill June 20th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 24 : Red-billed quelea June 13th, 2010 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 23 : Scarlet-chested sunbird June 6th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 22 : Common greenshank May 30th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 21 : Cape wagtail May 23rd, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 20 : African hoopoe May 16th, 2010 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 19 : Lanner falcon May 9th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 18 : Secretarybird May 2nd, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 17 : Speckled pigeon April 25th, 2010 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 16 : Red-headed finch April 18th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 15 : Southern yellow-billed hornbill April 11th, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 14 : Scaly-feathered finch April 4th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 13 : Great egret March 28th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 12 : Verreaux’s eagle March 21st, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 11 : Lilac-breasted roller March 14th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 10 : White-tailed shrike March 7th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 9 : Swainson’s spurfowl February 28th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 8 : Red-eyed bulbul February 21st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 7 : African fish-eagle February 14th, 2010 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 6 : Kori bustard February 7th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 5 : African black oystercatcher January 31st, 2010 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 4 : Northern black korhaan January 24th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 3 : Southern red bishop January 17th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 2 : Swallow-tailed bee-eater January 10th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 1 : Pied Avocet January 3rd, 2010
Bird of the Week – Week 144 – Common moorhen January 30th, 2013
Bird of the Week – Week 143 – White-fronted bee-eater January 19th, 2013
Bird of the Week – Week 141 – Crested barbet December 24th, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 140 – Montiero’s hornbill December 13th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 139 – White-tailed shrike November 21st, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 138 – Marabou stork November 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 137 – Swamp boubou November 5th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 136 – Tawny-flanked prinia October 28th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 135 – Lesser grey shrike October 18th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 134 – Kurrichane thrush October 8th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 133 – Red-billed oxpecker September 30th, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 131 – African skimmer September 2nd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 132 – Black-chested prinia August 21st, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 130 – Olive woodpecker August 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 129 – Malachite sunbird August 5th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 128 – Egyptian goose July 29th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 127 – White-browed scrub-robin June 27th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 126 – Yellow-billed oxpecker June 17th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 125 – Black cuckoo June 11th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 124 – Green-backed heron June 3rd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 123 – Yellow-fronted canary May 27th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 122 – Ant-eating chat May 20th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 121 – Yellow canary May 13th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 120 – Brown-hooded kingfisher April 22nd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 119 – Sociable weaver April 15th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 118 – Bearded woodpecker April 8th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 117 – Bare-cheeked babbler April 1st, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 116 – Common waxbill March 25th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 115 – Rock martin March 18th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 114 – Hartlaub’s gull March 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 113 – South African shelduck March 4th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 112 – Pin-tailed whydah February 26th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 111 – Orange River white-eye February 19th, 2012
The Bird of the Week – Week 110 – Cape crow February 12th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 109 – Southern pale chanting goshawk February 5th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 108 – Greater flamingo January 29th, 2012 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 107 – Arrow-marked babbler January 22nd, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 106 – Green-winged pytilia January 16th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 105 – Common ostrich January 9th, 2012
Bird of the Week – Week 104 – Mountain wheatear January 2nd, 2012
The Bird of the Week – Week 103 – Dark-capped bulbul December 25th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 102 – African paradise-flycatcher December 17th, 2011 (2)
The Bird of the Week – Week 101 – Meve’s starling December 11th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 100 – African green pigeon December 4th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 99 – Malachite kingfisher November 27th, 2011 (2)
The Bird of the Week – Week 98 – Shaft-tailed whydah November 20th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 97 – Emerald-spotted wood-dove November 13th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 96 – Black-backed puffback November 6th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 95 – Little grebe October 30th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 94 – Woolly-necked stork October 23rd, 2011 (1)
The Bird of the Week – Week 93 – Black-faced waxbill October 16th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 92 – Red-billed firefinch October 9th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 91 – Hartlaub’s babbler October 2nd, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 90 – Double-banded courser September 25th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 89 – Black-collared Barbet September 18th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 88 – Chinspot batis September 11th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 87 – African openbill September 4th, 2011
The Bird of the Week – Week 86 – Brubru August 28th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 85 – Helmeted guineafowl August 21st, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 84 – Familiar chat August 14th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 83 – Rock kestrel August 8th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 82 – Ruppell’s korhaan July 31st, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 81 – Burchell’s coucal July 25th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 80 – Little bee-eater July 18th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 79 – Squacco heron July 11th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 78 – Mallard July 3rd, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 77 – Cape bunting June 26th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 76 – Yellow-bellied eremomela June 19th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 75 – Cape cormorant June 12th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 74 : White-browed scrub-robin June 5th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 73 – Namaqua dove May 30th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 72 – Giant kingfisher May 22nd, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 71 – Short-toed rock-thrush May 15th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 70 – Magpie shrike May 8th, 2011
Bird of the Week – Week 69 – Double-banded sandgrouse May 1st, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 68 – Grey go-away bird April 25th, 2011
From nowhere – a heronry April 20th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 67 – Yellow-breasted apalis April 17th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 66 : Black-headed heron April 11th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 65: Cape turtle dove April 3rd, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 64 : Lark-like bunting March 27th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 63: Great sparrow March 20th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 62: Yellow-billed stork March 13th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 61 : Speckled mousebird March 6th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 60: Grey-backed camaroptera February 27th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 59: Greater kestrel February 20th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 58: Ashy tit February 13th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 57: Grey heron February 6th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 56: Common whimbrel January 30th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 55: Diderick cuckoo January 23rd, 2011 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 54: Cape glossy starling January 16th, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 53: White-throated canary January 9th, 2011 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 52: White-browed sparrow-weaver January 2nd, 2011
Bird of the week – Week 51: Yellow-billed kite December 26th, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 50: African sacred ibis December 19th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 49: Crowned lapwing December 12th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 48: Pied kingfisher December 5th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 47: Chestnut-vented tit-babbler November 28th, 2010 (2)
Bird of the Week – Week 46 : Southern carmine bee-eater November 21st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 45: Yellow-bellied greenbul November 14th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 44 : Orange River francolin November 7th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 43: Bokmakierie October 31st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 42 : African mourning dove October 24th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 41 : African Jacana October 17th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 40 : African pied wagtail October 10th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 39 : Bateleur October 3rd, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 38 : Madagascar bee-eater September 26th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 37 : Dusky sunbird September 19th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 36 : Black-shouldered kite September 12th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 35 : Abdim’s stork August 29th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 34 : Rosy-faced lovebird August 22nd, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 33 : Laughing dove August 15th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 32: Blue-cheeked bee-eater August 8th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 31 : Marico sunbird August 1st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 30 : African hawk-eagle July 25th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 29 : Cattle egret July 18th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 27 : Water thick-knee July 11th, 2010 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 28 : African darter July 4th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 26 : White-backed mousebird June 27th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 25 : Violet-eared waxbill June 20th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 24 : Red-billed quelea June 13th, 2010 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 23 : Scarlet-chested sunbird June 6th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 22 : Common greenshank May 30th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 21 : Cape wagtail May 23rd, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 20 : African hoopoe May 16th, 2010 (1)
Bird of the Week – Week 19 : Lanner falcon May 9th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 18 : Secretarybird May 2nd, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 17 : Speckled pigeon April 25th, 2010 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 16 : Red-headed finch April 18th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 15 : Southern yellow-billed hornbill April 11th, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 14 : Scaly-feathered finch April 4th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 13 : Great egret March 28th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 12 : Verreaux’s eagle March 21st, 2010 (2)
Bird of the week – Week 11 : Lilac-breasted roller March 14th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 10 : White-tailed shrike March 7th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 9 : Swainson’s spurfowl February 28th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 8 : Red-eyed bulbul February 21st, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 7 : African fish-eagle February 14th, 2010 (1)
Bird of the week – Week 6 : Kori bustard February 7th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 5 : African black oystercatcher January 31st, 2010 (3)
Bird of the week – Week 4 : Northern black korhaan January 24th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 3 : Southern red bishop January 17th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 2 : Swallow-tailed bee-eater January 10th, 2010
Bird of the week – Week 1 : Pied Avocet January 3rd, 2010
The Gannets of Lamberts Bay November 17th, 2009