Pilanesberg Bird Watching – 1

August 23, 2016
Tarryn Rae

Sometimes we all concentrate on the big things so much that we forget about a whole other kingdom that is out there … The bird kingdom. In these posts we would like to share Pilanesberg Bird Watching with you.

Lilac-Breasted Roller  (Coracias caudatus)

*Rollers get their name from their impressive courtship flight

*Their call is a loud harsh squawk, not what you would expect from such an attractive looking bird.

*The diet of the lilac-breasted roller is primarily insectivorous such as: ground-dwelling insects, arthropods, amphibians, and other small vertebrates.

*Their amazing colouration gives them the title of one of the most photographed birds in South Africa.

African fish eagle  (Haliaeetus vocifer)

* African fish eagles are believed to mate for life (monogamous)

*The African fish eagle feeds mainly on fish but will also eat rodents, small birds and other prey items.

*We often see them around the dams in the Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg Bird Watching

Southern red bishop  (Euplectes orix)

*An iconic bird to see around the bird hides during summer.

*The males have this vibrant red and black plumage during the breeding season to attract females. The rest of the year they will be dull brown like the females.

*The nest is most commonly built among reeds and is woven out of grasses and other plant materials.

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