Baviaanskloof Bird Life

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Tuesday, 1st May 2018

The Baviaanskloof is a bird watcher's paradise. Which birds the visitor sees is determined by the veld type, habitat and season. Nearly 300 species have been recorded. 

Streams, rivers and open water offer splendid opportunities to view a number of water fowl and species such as fish eagles, herons kingfishers and even the African finfoot.

The forest patches are home to the Knysna loerie, Rameron pigeons, Klaas's and red-chested cuckoo, Knysna and olive woodpecker. 

Large congregations of different species can be seen at times when the white stinkwood and Cape figs are in fruit. Most species may also be seen in the bushveld on the lower mountain slopes and along river and stream banks, a habitat which also offers the opportunity of seeing a range of other species, including the Paradise flycatcher, red-billed wood hoopoe, brown-hooded kingfisher, black-collared barbet, black headed oriole, glossy starling and six different species of weaver. 

A walk up onto the Fynbos and grassy plateaus could yield sightings of Cape sugarbirds, stone chats, orange-throated longclaw, Greyling francolin, black harrier and even Cape rockjumper.

A move into the drier Karoo parts of the reserve could produce sightings of pale chanting goshawk, Karoo korhaan, Namaqua dove, mountain chat, Pririt batis and perhaps a black-breasted snake eagle.

The area boasts an impressive twenty five raptor species ranging from the little Sparrowhawk to the martial eagle. Others include the crowned eagle and black sparrowhead. Eight sunbirds occur in the area. The orange-breasted sunbird is the characteristic species in the fynbos while the greater double-collared and black sunbirds will usually be found in the low-lying bushy parts.

Some threatened and near-threatened species inhabit, or make use of, the area at certain times of the year. These include blue crane, African marsh harrier, striped fluff tail, Stanley's bustard, black harrier, protea canary, black stork and peregrine falcon.

Common Birds in the Baviaanskloof

African Marsh Warbler

Anteating Chat

Barthroated Apalis

Black Crow

Black Cuckoo

Black Eagle

Black Flycatcher

Black Korhaan

Black Sawwing Swallow

Black Sunbird

Blackcollared Barbet

Blackheaded Heron

Blackheaded Oriole

Blackshouldered Kite

Blackthroated Canary

Bleating Warbler

Bluebilled Firefinch

Bokmakierie

Brown Robin

Brownhooded Kingfisher

Brownthroated Martin

Bully Canary

Cape Penduline Tit

Cape Batis

Cape Bulbul

Cape Bunting

Cape Canary

Cape Reed Warbler

Cape Robin

Cape Rock Thrush

Cape Rockjumper

Cape Siskin

Cape Sparrow

Cape Sugarbird

Cape Turtle Dove

Cape Wagtail

Cape Weaver

Cape White-eye

Cardinal Woodpecker

Cattle Egret

Chinspot Batis

Chorister Robin

Cinnamon Dove

Clapper Lark

Collared Sunbird

Common Quail

Common Waxbill

Crowned Hornbill

Diederik Cuckoo

Dusky Flycatcher

Dusky Sunbird

Egyptian Goose

European Swallow

European Swift

Fairy Flycatcher

Familiar Chat

Fiscal Flycatcher

Fiscal Shrike

Forest Canary

Forest Weaver

Forktailed Drongo

Giant Kingfisher

Glossy Starling

Goldenbreasted Bunting

Grassbird

Greater Striped Swallow

Grey Heron

Greybacked Cisticola

Greyheaded Sparrow

Greywing Francolin

Grtr Double collared Sunbird

Gymnogene

Hadedah Ibis

Helmeted Guineafowl

Hoopoe

House Martin

Jackal Buzzard

Jacobin Cuckoo

Karoo Korhaan

Karoo Robin

Klaas's Cuckoo

Knysna Woodpecker

Laughing Dove

Layard's Titbabbler

Lazy Cisticola

Lesr Doublecollared Sunbird

Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Striped Swallow

Levaillant's Cisticola

Little Swift

Longbilled Crombec

Longbilled Lark

Longbilled Pipit

Malachite Sunbird

Masked Weaver

Mocking Chat

Mountain Chat

Namaqua Dove

Namaqua Prinia

Neddicky

Olive Bush Shrike

Olive Thrush

Olive Woodpecker

Orangebreasted Sunbird

Orangethroated Longclaw

Pale Chanting Goshawk

Palewinged Starling

Paradise Flycatcher

Pearlbreasted Swallow

Pied Barbet

Pied Crow

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Starling

Plainbacked Pipit

Pririt Batis

Puffback

Rameron Pigeon

Redbilled Teal

Redbilled Woodhoopoe

Redchested Cuckoo

Redeyed Bulbul

Redeyed Dove

Redfronted Tinker Barbet

Redlaced Mousebird

Rednecked Francolin

Redwinged Starling

Richard's Pipit

Rock Bunting

Rock Kestrel

Rock Martin

Rock Pigeon

Rufousearred Prinia

Rufousnaped Lark

Sentinel Rock Thrush

Sicklewinged Chat

Sombre Bulbul

South African Shelduck

Southern Black Tit

Southern Boubou

Southern Grey Tit

Speckled Mousebird

Spectacled Weaver

Spotted Flycatcher'

Spotted Prinia

Spottedbacked Weaver

Starred Robin

Steppe Buzzard

Stone Chat

Streakyheaded Canary

Swee Waxbill

Terrestrial Bulbul

Thickbilled Lark

Titbabbler

Victorin's Warbler

Wailing Cisticola

Whitebacked Mousebird

Whitebrowed Robin

Whitenecked Raven

Whiterumped Swift

Whitethroated Canary

Whitethroated Swallow

Yellow Canary

Yellowbellied Eremomela

Yellowbilled Duck

Yellowbilled Kite

Yellowbreasted Apalis

Yelloweyed Canary

Yellowthroated Sparrow

Yellowthroated Warbler

 

 

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