Birding


Birding in the Keurbooms Nature Reserve

White-backed Night-Heron.
The White-backed Night-Heron is a largish bird about the same size as a Pied Crow. The height of the White-backed Night-Heron is about 55 cms and its weight is about 440 gms

Birding - White Backed Night Heron

The male and female White-backed Night-Heron have the same plumage and colours

Head is chestnut.
Eye is brown.
Bill is black.
Throat is brown.
Back is brown.
Legs are green.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Knysna Lourie:, is a large Turaco, It is a resident breeder in the mature evergreen forests of southern and eastern South Africa. It was formerly sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Green Turaco of West Africa.

The Knysna turaco (Tauraco corythaix

This species lays two eggs in a shallow platform nest made from sticks and placed in a tree or clump of creepers.

Within its range, this is an unmistakable bird, although often inconspicuous in the treetops. It is 40–42cm long, including a long tail. The small but thick orange-red bill and a white line just under the eye contrast with the mainly green plumage. It has a tall green crest, which is tipped with white. The eye is brown and the eye-ring deep red. In flight, Knysna Turaco shows conspicuous crimson primary flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but juvenile birds have a shorter crest without the white tips.
The Knysna Turaco is usually seen flying between forest trees, or hopping along branches. It feeds on fruit, insects and earthworms.

The Half-Collared Kingfisher:

Is a species of Kingfisher;that feeds almost exclusively on fish and can be found near water at all times. It can be found on shores and around larger bodies of water in southern and eastern Africa.

Half Collared Kingfisher

These are only 3 of the 52 different types of species of birds found along the Keurbooms River.

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