Birds of Tranquillity Farm

More than 60 beautiful Bird Species have been spotted and recorded on Tranquillity Farm, nevermind what the rest of the Drakensberg has to offer for all bird enthusiasts

reed cormorant + black headed heron + cattle egret + hamerkop + hadeda ibis + egyptian goose

Many thanks to Kobie Raijmakers - a Member of the SAFRING (South African Bird Ringing Unit) & the Vaal Birding Society, who recorded a comprehensive list of bird species during his research at Tranquillity Farm in December 2010 and August 2011.

We have conveniently provided the list of birds recorded by bird specialist Kobie Raijmakers for you below as well as a downloadable / printable document (in PDF) for all interested bird enthusiasts to get it all down on paper for the pen & pocket.

Kobie Raijmakers also noticed three unusual sightings on the bird list that were spotted on Tranquillity Farm: Ground Hornbill, White-fronted Bee-eater and Green Wood-Hoopoe - which are relatively scarce / out of range for the area.

Birds of Tranquillity Farm(55kb pdf file size) Tranquillity Ringing List(53kb pdf file size)
English Name Scientific Name 6 -9 DEC 2010 21 - 26 AUG 2011
Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus *** ***
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea ***
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala *** ***
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea ***
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis *** ***
Hamerkop Scopus umbretta *** ***
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus ***
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash *** ***
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus *** ***
African Black Duck Anas sparsa ***
Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata ***
White-faced Duck Dendrocygna viduata ***
White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus ***
Yellow-billed Kite Milvus [migrans] parasitus = M aegyptius ***
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus *** ***
African Harrier-Hawk Polyboroides typus ***
Natal Spurfowl Pternistis natalensis ***
Kurrichane Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus ***
Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata ***
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea *** ***
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata *** ***
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis ***
Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius ***
Diderik Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius ***
African Black Swift Apus barbatus ***
White-rumped Swift Apus caffer ***
Little Swift Apus affinis ***
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba *** ***
Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus ***
Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima ***
Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata ***
White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides ***
Green Wood-hoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus ***
Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri ***
Black-collared Barbet Lybius torquatus ***
Lesser honeyguide Indicator minor ***
Red-throated Wryneck Jynx ruficollis *** ***
Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana ***
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica ***
White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis *** ***
Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullata ***
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola *** ***
Black Saw-wing Psalidoprocne holomelas/pristoptera ***
Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis *** ***
Pied Crow Corvus albus *** ***
Dark-capped Bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor *** ***
African Stonechat Saxicola torquata *** ***
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra *** ***
Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer ***
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis ***
Cloud Cisticola Cisticola textrix ***
Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapillus [fulvicapilla] ***
Le Vaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens *** ***
Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava ***
Dark-capped Yellow Warbler Chloropeta natalensis ***
African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus ***
Cape Longclaw Macronyx capensis *** ***
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris *** ***
Cape Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitens *** ***
Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio *** ***
Greater Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia [Cinnyris] afra ***
Amethyst Sunbird Nectarinia [Chalcomitra] amethystina ***
Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis ***
Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus *** ***
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis *** ***
Southern Masked-Weaver Ploceus velatus ***
Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea ***
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix ***
Red-collared Widowbird Euplectes ardens ***
White-winged Widowbird Euplectes albonotatus ***
Fan-tailed Widowbird Euplectes axillaris ***
Bronze Mannikin Spermestes (Lonchura) cucullata *** ***
African Firefinch Lagonosticta rubricata ***
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild ***
Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura *** ***
Cape Canary Serinus canicollis ***
Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus ***
Streaky-headed Seedeater Serinus gularis ***
Drakensberg Prinia (split) Prinia [maculosa] hypoxantha ***
Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceus ***
Cape White Eye Zosterops capensis *** ***
Southern Greyheaded Sparrow (split) Passer diffusus *** ***
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