Bird Watching

Bhejane Game Reserve is home to a wide variety of birds and a stay at Bhejane will ensure that the avid Birdwatcher will find at least a hundred different species of birds. From the majestic Fish Eagle to the magnificent Malachite Kingfisher, all have made Bhejane their home.

You only have to look at the list below the picture galley to realize that you have to come and stay for a while and experience birding at its best.

Species Name Endemic Status Afrikaans name
Southern Res/Vis   1 2 3 4
Africa

1 Apalis Bar-throated 645 R ?          X Bandkeelkleinjantjie x x x
2 Avocet ** Pied 294 nonBmig Bontelsie
3 Barbet Acacia Pied 465 near E R            x Bonthoutkapper x x x
4 Batis Cape 700 yes R            x Kaapse Bobontrokkie x x x
5 Batis Pririt 703 near E R            x Priritbosbontrokkie x x x
6 Bee-eater European 438 nonBmig Europese Byvreter
7 Bishop Southern Red 824 ? Rooivink x x
8 Bokmakierie 746 near E R            x Bokmakierie x x x
9 Boubou Southern 736 yes R            x Suidelike waterfiskaal x x x
10 Bulbul Dark-capped 568 yes R Swartoogtiptol x x
11 Bulbul Cape 566 yes R            x Kaapse Tiptol x x x
12 Bunting Cape 885 near E R            x Rooivlerkstreepkoppie x x
13 Bunting Cinnamon-breasted 886 R/brmig Klipstreepkoppie x
14 Bunting Golden-breasted 884 R/nom Rooirugstreepkoppie x
15 Bustard  * Kori 230 nomadic R Gompou
16 Bustard  * Denham’s(Stanley) 231 nomadic R Veldpou x
17 Buzzard Jackal 152 yes R Rooiborsjakkalsvoel x
18 Buzzard Steppe 149 R            x Steppe-Arend x x
19 Camaroptera Green-backed 657 yes R Groenrugkwekwevoel x
20 Canary Blackheaded 870 R Bergkanarie x x
21 Canary Brimstone 877 R/nom     x Dikbekkanarie x x x
22 Canary White-throated 879 R            x Witkeelkanarie x x
23 Canary Yellow 878 R            x Geelkanarie x
24 Chat Ant-eating 595 yes R Swartpiek x
25 Chat Familiar 589 R            x Gewone Spekvreter x x x
26 Chat Karoo 592 near E R            x Karoospekvreter x x x
27 Chat Sickle-winged 591 yes R            x Vlaktespekvreter
28 Cisticola Levaillant’s 677 R Vleitinktinkie
29 Cisticola Grey-backed 669 near E R Grysrugtinktinkie x x
30 Cisticola Zitting 664 R Landeryklopkloppie x
31 Coot Red-knobbed 228 R            x Bleshonder x
32 Cormorant Reed 58 R            x Rietduiker x x
33 Cormorant White-breasted 55 R            x Witborsduiker x x
34 Crane Blue 208 yes R Bloukraanvoel x x
35 Crombec Long-billed 651 R            x Bosveldstompstert x x x
36 Crow Cape 547 R            x Swartkraai x x x
37 Crow Pied 548 R            x Witborskraai x
38 Courser  * Double-banded 301 R Dubbelbanddrawwertjie
39 Cuckoo Diderick 386 inAfbrmig Diederikkie x
40 Cuckoo Klaas’s 385 Sum. R Meitjie x
41 Darter African 60 R Slanghalsvoel x
42 Dove Laughing 355 R            x Rooiborsduifie x x
43 Dove Namaqua 356 R            x Namakwaduifie x x x
44 Dove Red-eyed 352 R            x Grootringduif x x
45 Drongo Fork-tailed 539 R            x Mikstertbyvanger x x x
46 Duck African Black 105 R            x Swarteend x x
47 Duck Yellow-billed 104 R            x Geelbekeend x x
48 Eagle Booted 136 inAfbrmig Dwergarend x
49 Eagle Martial 140 R Breekoparend x
50 Eagle Verreauxs’ (pair) 131 R            x Witkruisarend x x x
51 Eagle-Owl Cape 400 R Kaapse Ooruil x
52 Eagle-Owl Spotted 401 R            x Gevlekte Ooruil x
53 Eremomela Karoo 654 local R Groenbossanger x
54 Eremomela Yellow-bellied 653 R Geelpens bossanger
55 Falcon  ** Lanner 172 R Edelvalk
56 Firefinch African 840 R            x Kaapse Vuurvinkie x x
57 Firefinch Red-billed 842 R Rooibekvuurvinkie x x
58 Fiscal Common 732 R            x Fiskaallaksman x x x
59 Fish Eagle African (pair) 148 R            x Visrend x x
60 Flycatcher African Dusky 690 R            x Donkervlieevanger x x
61 Flycatcher Fairy 706 yes R            x Rooistertvlieevanger x x
62 Flycatcher Fiscal 698 yes partialmig x Fiskaalvlieevanger x x
63 Goose Egyptian 102 R            x Kolgans x x x
64 Goose  ** Spurwing 116 R Wildemakou
65 Goshawk African 160 R Afrikaanse Sperwer
66 Goshawk Gabar 161 R Witkruissperwer
67 Goshawk Sn Pale Chanting 162 near E R            x Bleeksingvalk x x x
68 Grebe Little (Dabchick) 8 R            x Kleindobbertjie x x
69 Greenbul Sombre 572 R            x Gewone Willie x x x
70 Greenshank 270 Sum visitor Groenpootruiter
71 Guineafowl Helmeted 203 R            x Gewone Tarentaal x x
72 Hamerkop 81 R Hamerkop x
73 Harrier-Hawk African 169 R Kaalwangvalk
74 Heron Blackheaded 63 R            x Swartkopreier x
75 Heron Goliath 64 Runcommon Reuse-reier
76 Heron Grey 62 R            x Bloureier x x x
77 Heron Purple 65 R Rooireier x
78 Honeyguide Greater 474 ? Grootheuningwyser x
79 Hoopoe African 451 R            x Hoephoep x x x
80 Ibis African Sacred 91 R            x Skoorsteenveer x x
81 Ibis Hadeda 94 R            x Hadeda x x x
82 Indigobird Dusky 864 R/summigx Gewone Blouvinkie
83 Kestrel Lesser 183 Palbrmig Kleinrooivalk x
84 Kestrel Rock 181 R            x Kransvalk x
85 Kingfisher Brown-hooded 435 R            x Bruinkopvisvanger x x x
86 Kingfisher Giant 429 R            x Reusevisvanger x
87 Kingfisher Malachite 431 R            x Kuifkopvisvanger x x
88 Kingfisher Pied 428 R            x Bontvisvanger
89 Kite Black-shouldered 127 R Blouvalk
90 Korhaan Karoo 235 yes R Vaalkorhaan
91 Lapwing(Plover) Blacksmith 258 R            x Bontkiewiet x x
92 Lapwing (Plover) Crowned 255 R Kroonkiewiet x
93 Lark Karoo 500 yes R            x Rooilewwerik
94 Lark Karoo Longbilled 502 R            x Karoolangbeklewerik x
94 Lark Red-capped 507 R Rooikoplewerik
95 Martin Banded 534 InAfsumbrmig  Gebande Oewerswael  x
96 Martin Brown-throated 533 R            x Afrikaanse Oewerswael   x x x
97 Martin House 530 IntconMig Huisswael x x
98 Martin Rock 529 R            x Kransswael x x x
99 Martin Sand 532 IntconMig Europese Oewerswael x
100 Masked-Weaver Southern 814 R            x Swartkeelgeelvink x x
101 Moorhen Common 226 R Grootwaterhoender x x
102 Mousebird Red-faced 426 R            x Rooiwangmuisvoel x x x
103 Mousebird Speckled 424 R            x Gevlekte Muisvoel x x x
104 Mousebird White-backed 425 yes R            x Withruismuisvoel x x
105 Neddicky 681 R            x Neddikkie x x x
106 Nightjar Fierynecked 405 part.mig  x Afrikaanse Naguil
107 Ostrich Common 1 R            x Volstruis x x x
108 Penduline-Tit Cape 557 near E R            x Gryskapokvoel x x
109 Petronia(Sparrow) Yellow-throated 805 R Geelvlekmossie
110 Pigeon Speckled 349 R            x Kransduif x x x
111 Pipit Rock 721 yes R/nom Gewone Koester
112 Pipit Buffy 719 R/nom Vaalkoester
113 Pipit African(Grassveld) 716 R/nom     x Gewone Koester x x x
114 Pipit Plain-backed 718 R/nom Donkerkoester x
115 Plover Kittlitz’s 248 R Geelborsstrandkiewit x
116 Plover Three-banded 249 R            x Driebandstrandkiewiet x x x
117 Prinia Karoo 686 yes R            x Karoolangstertjie x x x
118 Quelea Red-billed 821 R/nom     x Rooibekkwelea x
119 Raven White-necked 550 R            x Withalskraai x x
120 Reed-warbler African 631 R Kleinrietsanger x
121 Robin-Chat Cape 601 R            x Gewone Janfrederik x x x
122 Rock-Thrush Cape 581 R            x Kaapse Kliplyster
123 Sanderling  ** 281 Sum visitor Drietoonstrandloper
124 Sandgrouse Namaqua 344 near E R/visitor   x Kelkiwyn
125 Sandpiper Common 264 nonbrmig Gewone Ruiter
126 Sandpiper  ** Curlew 272 Sum visitor Krombekstrandloper
127 Sandpiper  ** Marsh 269 Sum visitor Moerasruiter
128 Scrub-Robin Whitebrowed 613 R Gestreepte Wipstert
129 Scrub-Robin Karoo 614 yes R            x Slangverklikker x x x
130 Secretary Bird 118 R Sekretarisvoel x
131 Seedeater Streaky-headed 881 R Streepkopkanarie x x
132 Shelduck South African 103 Y some R Kopereend x
133 Shrike Red-backed 774 nonbrPalmig Rooiruglaksman x
134 Sparrow Cape 803 near E R            x Gewone Mossie x x x
136 Sparrow House 801 R            x Huismossie x x
137 Sparrow SthernGrey-headed 804 R/nom Gryskopmossie x x x
138 Spoonbill African 95 R            x Lepelaar
139 Starling Common 757 R Europese Spreeu x x
140 Starling Glossy 764 R            x Kleinglansspreeu
141 Starling Pied 759 yes R            x Witgatspreeu x x x
142 Starling Red-winged 769 R            x Rooivlerkspreeu x x x
143 Starling Wattled 760 R Leispreeu x x
144 Stilt Blackwinged 295 nomadic Rooipootelsie
145 Stonechat African 596 R            x Gewone Bontrokkie x
146 Stork Black 84 ? Grootswartooievaar
147 Stork White 83 nonbrPalmig Witooievaar x
148 Sunbird Amethyst 792 R/nom Swartsuikerbekkie x x
149 Sunbird Malachite 775 R            x Jangroentjie x
150 Sunbird SthernDoubCollared    783 yes R            x Kleinrooibandsuikerbekkie x
151 Swallow Barn (European) 518 nonbrsummig   Europese Swael x x
152 Swallow Greater-striped 526 R            x Grootstreepswael x x
153 Swallow Pearl-breasted 523 R            x Perelborsswael x x
154 Swallow White-throated 520 inAfbrmig Witkeelswael x
155 Swamp-Warbler Lesser 635 R            x Kaapse Rietsanger x
156 Swift African Black 412 inAfbrmig x Swartwindswael x x
157 Swift Alpine 418 inAfbrmig Witpenswind x
158 Swift Little 417 R Kleinwindswael x x
159 Swift White-rumped 415 inAfbrmig Witkruiswindswael x
160 Tchagra Southern 742 yes R Grysborstjagra x
161 Teal  ** Cape 106 R Teeleend x
162 Teal Red-billed 108 nomadic Rooibeeend
163 Thick-Knee Spotted 297 R Gewonedikkop x
164 Thick-Knee Water (Dikkop) 298 R            x Waterdikkop
165 Thrush Karoo area** R            x Geelbeklyster x x
166 Tit-Babbler Chestnut-vented 621 near E R            x Bosveldtjeriktik x x x
167 Tit-Babbler Layard’s 622 yes R            x Grystjeriktik x x
168 Turtle-Dove Cape 354 R            x Gewone Tortelduif x x
169 Wagtail Cape 713 R            x Gewone Kwikkie x x x
170 Warbler Little Rush(Sedge) 638 R Kaapse Vleisanger x x x
171 Warbler Namaqua 687 yes ? Namakwalangstertjie x x
172 Warbler Rufous-eared 688 R Rooioorlangstertjie
173 Warbler Willow 643 Nonbrmig Hofsanger
174 Waxbill Common 846 R            x Rooibeksysie x x
175 Waxbill Swee 850 yes R            x Suidelike Swie x x
176 Weaver Cape 813 yes R            x Kaapse Wewer x
177 Wheatear (Chat) Mountain 586 near E R            x Bergwagter x x
178 White-eye Cape 796 yes R            x Kaapse Glasogie x x
179 Whydah Pin-tailed 860 R Koningrooibekkie x x
180 Woodpecker Cardinal 486 R Kardinaalspeg x x x
181 Woodpecker Ground 480 yes R Grondspeg x x
182 Wood-Hoopoe Green(Redbilled) 452 R ? Rooibekkaelaar x x
98 95 133 91

 

Endemics are species confined to Southern Africa (25); Near endemics are largely restricted to Southern Africa (with most species extending into Southern Angola (11).

Breeding endemics are species that breed only in Southern Africa, but undertake movements or or migrations outside the breeding season such that a measurable proportion of the population leaves proportion of the population leaves the region.

1 endemic to area Karoo Thrush.
Status :
inAfbrmig : intra African breeding migrant
nonbrmig : non breeding migrant
partmig : partially migrant
R/nom : resident/nomadic
Palbrmig : palearctic breeding migrant
Intcontmig : intercontinental migrant
inAfsumbrmig: intra African summer breeding migrant
nonbrsummig : non breeding summer migrant
1 98 April 16th 2005
2 95 February 14th to 18th 2007
3 133 October 19th. To 26th. 2007
4 November 23rd.to 26th 2008

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