Mountain Wheatear or Chat

Mountain Wheatear

The Mountain Wheatear is also known as the Mountain Chat. It is a bird that is widely distributed across South Africa although it tends...
Male Chinspot Batis

Chinspot Batis

If you are ever in the bushveld or woodland and you hear a plaintive call that sounds like “three blind mice” then you are...
Bronze Mannikin

Bronze Mannikins are regular garden visitors

The Bronze Mannikin is a well-known and much-loved garden bird in the eastern regions of South Africa. It has also established itself in Gauteng...
Fiscal Flycatcher

Fiscal Flycatcher

Many people are familiar with the Fiscal Shrike but not as many are familiar with the Fiscal Flycatcher and may even confuse the two....
Male Village Weaver

Village Weaver

Gardeners in the Eastern Cape, KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo should be very familiar with the Village Weaver, previously known as the Spotted-backed Weaver. These...
Hoppy the Hadeda

Hadeda Ibis – a noisy garden resident

The Hadeda Ibis has become an extremely common garden bird in many areas of South Africa. Our lawns provide an ideal place for them...
Male Cape Sparrow

The Cape Sparrow – a charming little bird

I don’t think that there are many gardens that don’t have sparrows, of one kind or another, in them. The Cape Sparrow may occur...
Cape Wagtail

Cape Wagtail – a friendly little bird

The Cape Wagtail is one bird that is familiar to most South Africans. It gets called a number of different names including Willie Wagtail...
Dark-capped Bulbuls

A Toppie by any other name

The Toppie is a common bird that goes by a number of names including Black-eyed Bulbul. Unfortunately, with the internationalisation (is that a word?)...
Common Myna

Meet the Common Myna

I think that it is correct to say that more people do not like the Common Myna than those that like them. Personally, I...