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Birds are prolific in this area and over 250 species can be seen. This list comprises of birds actually recorded in the Port St Johns area and as far South as Umgazi River and as far North as the Mtafufu River by local birders in the last 10 years.

Crowned Hornbill
Crowned Hornbill (Photo by John Costello)

Included are sightings up to +/- 10 kms inland.

Numbers in the first column are the South African Bird List Number of the species

(ref: Roberts Birds of Southern Africa by G.L. Maclean.)

Birds recorded in Port St Johns Area
(supplied by Kathryn Costello)


3Jackass Penguin Spheniscus demersusR526Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullataU
53Cape Gannet Morus capensisU527Lessor Striped Swallow Hirundo abyssinicaC
55Whitebreasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax carboC529Rock Martin Hirundo fuligulaU
56Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensisC533Brownthroated Martin Riparia paludicolaU
58Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanusC536Black Sawwing Swallow Psalidoprocne holomelasU
60Darter Anhinga melanogasterC538Black Cuckooshrike Campephaga flavaU
62Grey Heron Ardea cinereaC541Forktailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilisC
63Blackheaded Heron Ardea melanocephalaC542Squaretailed Drongo Dicrurus ludwigiiU
66Great White Egret Egretta albaU543European Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus RR
67Little Egret Egretta garzettaC545Blackheaded Oriole Oriolus larvatusC
68Yellowbilled Egret Egretta intermediaU547Black Crow Corvus capensisC
71Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibisC548Pied Crow Corvus albusC
72Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloidesR550Whitenecked Raven Corvus albicollisC
74Greenbacked Heron Butorides striatusR554Southern Black Tit Parus nigerC
81Hamerkop Scopus umbrettaC568Blackeyed Bulbul Pyconotus barbatusC
86Woollynecked Stork Ciconia episcopusR569Terrestrial Bulbul Phyllastrephus terrestrisU
91Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicusU572Sombre Bulbul Andropadus importunusC
94Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedashC576Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanaC
101Whitebacked Duck Thalassornis leuconotusU577Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceusC
102Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacusC581Cape Rock Thrush Monticola rupestrisU
104Yellowbilled Duck Anas undulataC596Stonechat Saxicola torquataC
105African Black Duck Anas sparsaU598Chorister Robin Cossypha dichroaC
114Pygmy Goose Nettapus auritusR600Natal Robin Cossypha natalensisC
116Spurwinged Goose Plectropterus gambensisC601Cape Robin Cossypha caffraC
126Yellowbilled Kite & Black Kite Milvus migransC613Whitebrowed Robin Erythropygia leucophrysU
127Blackshouldered Kite Elanus caeruleusU616Brown Robin Erythropygia signataU
131Black Eagle Aquila verreauxiiU635Cape Reed Warbler Acrocephalus gracilirostrisU
139Longcrested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalisU639Barratts Warbler Bradypterus barrattiU
141Crowned Eagle Stephanoeatus coronatusU640Knysna Warbler Bradypterus sylvaticusU
148African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vociferC645Barthroated Apalis Apalis thoracicaU
152Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscusC657Bleating Warbler Camaroptera fasciolataC
160African Goshawk Accipiter tachiroU664Fantailed Cisticola Cisticola juncidisC
169Gymnogene Polyboroides typusU675Blackbacked Cisticola Cisticola galactotesU
170Osprey Pandion haliaetusU679Lazy Cisticola Cisticola aberransU
198Rednecked Francolin Francolinus AferC681Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapillaC
200Common Quail Coturnix coturnixU683Tawnyflanked Prinia Prinia subflavaC
203Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagrisC686Spotted Prinia Prinia maculosaU
209Crowned Crane Balearica regilorumU689Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striataU
212African Crake Crex egregiaU690Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adustaC
213Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostrisU691Bluegrey Flycatcher Muscicapa caerulescensU
218Buffspotted Flufftail Sarothrura elegansU694Black Flycatcher Maleanornis pammelainaC
223Purple Gallinule Pophyrio porphyrioU698Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silensU
226Moorhen Gallinula chloropusC700Cape Batis Batis capensisC
228Redknobbed Coot Fulica crisatataU701Chinspot Batis Batis molitorU
229African Finfoot Podica senegalensisR708Bluemantled Flycatcher Trochocercus cyanomelasU
240Afican Jacana Actophilornis africanusC710Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridisC
245Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticulaC711African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimpC
246Whitefronted Plover Charadrius marginatusC712Longtailed Wagtail Motacilla claraU
248Kittlitz’s Plover Charadrius pecuariusU713Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensisC
249Threebanded Plover Charadrius tricollarisC716Richard’s Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiaeU
255Crowned Plover Vanellus coronatusC718Plainbacked Pipit Anthus leucophrysU
258Blacksmith Plover Vanellus armatusU720Striped Pipit Anthus lineiventrisU
262Turnstone Arenaria interpresU728Yellowthroated Longclaw Macronyx croceusU
264Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucosC732Fiscal Shrike Lanius collarisC
266Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareolaU733Redbacked Shrike Lanius collurioU
269Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilisU736Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineusC
270Greenshank Tringa nebulariaC740Puffback Dryoscopus cublaC
283Broadbilled Sandpiper Limicola falcinellusR742Southern Tchagra Tchagra tchagraC
288Bartailed Godwit Limosa lapponicaU744Blackcrowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalaU
290Whimbrel Numenius phaeopusC746Bokmarie Telophorus zeylonusU
297Spotted Dikkop Burhinus capensisC748Orangebreasted Bush Shrike Telephorus sulfureopectusU
298Water Dikkop Burhinus vermiculatusC750Olive Bush Shrike Telephorus olivaceusU
312Kelp Gull Larus dominicanusC751Greyheaded Bush Shrike Malaconotus blanchotiC
316Hartlaub’s Gull Larus hartlaubiiR757European Starling Sturnus vulgarisU
322Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspiaCL758Indian Myna Acridotheres tristisU
324Swift Tern Sterna bergiiC764Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitensC
326Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensisC768Blackbellied Starling Lamprotornis corruscusC
327Common Tern Sterna hirundoC769Redwinged Starling Onychognathus morioC
328Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaeaC774Gurney’s Sunbird Promerops gurneyiU
335Little Tern Srerna albifronsC783Lesser Doublecollared Sunbird Nectarinia chalybeaC
348Feral Pigeon Columba liviaU785Greater Doublecollared Sunbird Nectarinia afraU
349Rock Pigeon Columba guineaU789Grey Sunbird Nectarinia veroxiiC
350Rameron Pigeon Columba aquatrixU790Olive Sunbird Nectarinia olivaceaC
352Redeyed Pigeon Streptopelia semitorquataC792Scarlet Sunbird Nectarinia amethystinaC
354Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicolaU793Collared Sunbird Anthreptes collarisC
355Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensisC796Cape White-eye Zosterops pallidusC
358Greenspotted Dove Turtur chalcospilosU801House Sparrow Passer domesticusU
359Tambourine Dove Turtur tympanisrtriaC803Cape Sparrow Passer melanurusU
360Cinnamon Dove Aplopelia larvataR804Greyheaded Sparrow Passer griseusC
361Green Pigeon Treron calvaC805Yellowthroated Sparrow Petronia superciliarisU
362Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus LCL807Thickbilled Weaver Amblyospiza albifronsC
370Knysna Lourie Tauraco corythaixC808Forest Weaver Ploceus bicolorC
371Purplecrested Lourie Tauraco porphyreolophusR810Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularisU
377Redchested Cuckoo Cuculus solitariusC811Spottedbacked Weaver Ploceus cucullatusC
378Black Cuckoo Cuculus clamosusC813Cape Weaver Ploceus capensisU
382Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinusR816Golden Weaver Ploceus xanthopsU
384Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cupreusU817Yellow Weaver Ploceus subaureusC
385Klaas’s Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaasU818Brownthroated Weaver Ploceus xanthopterusR
386Diederic Cuckoo Chrycococcyx capriusU824Red Bishop Euplectes orixC
391Burchell’s Coucal Centropus supercillosusC827Yellowrumped Widow Euplectes capensisU
394Wood Owl Strix woodfordiiR828Redshouldered Widow Euplectes axillarisC
400Cape Eagle Owl Bubo capensisU831Redcollared Widow Euplectes ardensC
401Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanusC832Longtailed Widow Euplectes progneU
405Fierynecked Nightjar Caprimulgus pectoralisC840Bluebilled Firefinch lagonosticta ribricataC
412Black Swift Apus barbatusC846Common Waxbill Estrilda astrildC
415Whiterumped Swift Apus CafferC850Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotisU
416Horus Swift Apus horusC854Orangebreasted Waxbill Sporaeginthus subflavusR
417Little Swift Apus affinisC857Bronze Mannikin Spermestes cucullatusC
418Alpine Swift Apus melbaU858Redbacked Mannikin Spermestes bicolorC
421Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvusCL860Pintailed Whydah Vidua macrouraC
424Speckled Mousebird Colius striatusC864Black Widowfinch Vidua funereaC
427Narina Trogon Apoloderma narinaU869Yelloweyed Canary Serinus mozambicusC
428Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudisC872Cape Canary Serinus canicollisU
429Giant Kingfisher Ceryle maximaC873Forest Canary Serinus scotopsU
430Halfcollared Kingfisher Alcedo semitorquataU877Bully Canary Serinus sulphuratusU
431Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristataC877Sreakyheaded Canary Serinus gularisU
432Pygmy Kingfisher Ispidina pictaU884Goldenbreasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventrisU
434Mangrove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloidesU   
435Brownhooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventrisC   
452Redbilled Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureusC   
455Trumpeter Hornbill Bycanistes bucinatorC   
460Crowned Hornbill Tockus alboterminatusC   
463Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateriU   
464Blackcollared Barbet Lybius torquatusC   
469Redfronted Tinker Barbet Pogoniulus pusillusU   
476Lesser Honeyguide Indicator minorU   
484Knysna Woodpecker Campethera notataU   
486Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicus fuscescensU   
488Olive Woodpecker Mesopicus griseocephalusC   
518European Swallow Hirundo rusticaC   

Legend:

C : commonly seen in the area everyday birds )
U : common to uncommon, but need to be looked for
R : one or two sightings in the area
C L : uncommon, but plentiful in certain localities e.g. Cape Parrots.

 

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