Hamerkop

  • It gets its name from the shape of its head.
  • They build very large nests usually in the fork of a tree.
  • They walk in shallow water looking for prey which consists of amphibians, fish, shrimp, insects and rodents.

White-fronted bee-eater

  • They nest in small colonies, digging holes in mud banks
  • Their diet is made up primarily of bees but they also eat other insects
  • They will catch a bee and then rub it against a branch in order to remove the sting

Pin-tailed whydah

  • The males have a long tail and striking black and white colouration in order to attract females.
  • They don’t build their own nests as they are brood parasites laying their eggs in the nests of other birds such as waxbills.
  • Even though they are small they can be quite cheeky and will chase other birds away from a food source.
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