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BIRDS OF GLEN AVON

Glen Avon Top 10 Resident Birds

 
  • Knysna Woodpecker

  • African Scops-Owl

  • Buff-streaked Chat

  • Bush Blackcap

  • Southern Tchagra

  • Half-collared Kingfisher

  • Narina Trogon

  • Knysna Turaco

  • Verreaux’s Eagle

  • African Crowned Eagle

 

  60 African Darter  91 African Sacred Ibis  127 Black-shouldered Kite  396 African Scops-Owl  438 European Bee-Eater  727 Cape Longclaw  785 Greater Double-Collared Sunbird

Description

Boasting a list just short of 250 species, the diversity of both birds and habitats makes Glen Avon a wonderful birding destination. Habitats range from afro-montane forests on the slopes of the Boschberg to dohne sourveld on top and thornveld as well as bushveld on the plains below. There is also riverine habitat, cultivated fields, farm and storage dams and an element of karoo veld. The altitude ranges from 700 to 1400 metres above sea level and average annual rainfall from 500 to over 900mm.

Birding

Knysna Woodpecker and African Scops-Owl are the two special birds to be found in and around the garden. A pair of African Crowned Eagles has recently built a nest within sight of the garden.

A foray into the indigenous forest against the mountain could produce Knysna and Olive Woodpecker, White-starred Robin, Chorister Robin-Chat, Narina Trogon, Grey Cuckooshrike, Knysna Turaco, Forest Canary and Swee Waxbill. While the forest floor is frequented by Terrestrial Brownbul and Lemon Dove, keeping a look out above the forest one may spot African Crowned, Verreaux’s and Martial Eagle. Other interesting raptors include a breeding pair of Lanner Falcons, Booted Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Black Harrier and Little and Black Sparrowhawk.

The Dohne Sourveld on top of the Boschberg is home to Buff-streaked Chat, White-necked Raven, Rock Bunting, Cape Rock-Thrush, Wing-snapping and Wailing Cisticola as well as breeding pairs of Verreaux’s Eagle and Blue Crane, which arrive to breed every year.

The acacia thornveld and bushveld is home to Southern Black Tit, Karoo and White-Browed Scrub-Robin, Fiscal Flycatcher, Golden-Breasted Bunting and Southern Tchagra.

A walk along the river could reward one with sightings of African Black Duck, Half-collared Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher and Mountain Wagtail. Even the African Finfoot has been sighted!

 

Other interesting birds to be found include breeding Pearl-Breasted Swallows and African Wood-Owl and the hybridising of Dark-capped and Red-eyed Bulbul.

The following species are well represented on Glen Avon:

Kingfishers (5), Owls (5), Cisticolas (7), Flycatchers (7), Eagles (7) and Cuckoos (8).

Guided and self-guided walks are available.

Happy Birding J


A list of birds which have been spotted at Glen Avon
(Roberts's numbering, ** = endemic,  * = near endemic)
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© = photo copyright and displayed with the kind permission of Mark Senekal)

Click here for a printable birdlist.

8 Dabchick 
58 Reed Cormorant 
60 African Darter 
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62 Grey Heron 
63 Blackheaded Heron 
64 Goliath Heron 
67 Little Egret 
71 Cattle Egret 
76 Blackcrowned Night Heron 
81 Hamerkop 
83 White Stork 
84 Black Stork
89 Marabou Stork
91 African Sacred Ibis 
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94 Hadeda Ibis 
95 African Spoonbill 
99 White-faced duck
102 Egyptian Goose 
103 South African Shelduck** 
104 Yellowbilled Duck 
105 African Black Duck 
108 Red-billed Teal 
116 Spur-winged Goose 
117 Maccoa Duck 
118 Secretary Bird 
122 Cape Vulture **
126 Yellow-billed Kite 
127 Black-shouldered Kite 
131 Verraux's (Black) Eagle
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136 Booted Eagle
139 Long-crested Eagle
140 Martial Eagle
141 African Crowned Eagle
142 Brown Snake-Eagle
148 African Fish Eagle 
149 Steppe Buzzard
150 Forest Buzzard**
152 Jackal Buzzard**
155 Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk
157 Little Sparrowhawk
158 Black Sparrowhawk
160 African Goshawk 
161 Gabar Goshawk 
162 Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk*
165 African Marsh Harrier 
168 Black Harrier**
169 African Harrier-Hawk 
171 Peregrine Falcon 
172 Lanner Falcon
173 Eurasian Hobby
180 Amur Falcon
181 Rock Kestrel 
183 Lesser Kestrel 
190 Grey-winged Francolin**
198 Red-necked Spurfowl 
200 Common Quail 
203 Helmeted Guineafowl
205 Small Buttonquail
208 Blue Crane**
211 Corn Crake 
226 Common Moorhen 
228 Red-knobbed Coot
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229 African Finfoot
231 Denham's Bustard 
249 Three-banded Plover 
255 Crowned Lapwing 
258 Blacksmith Lapwing 
269 Marsh Sandpiper 
286 African Snipe 
297 Spotted Thick-knee 
348 Rock Pigeon 
349 Speckled Pigeon 
350 African Olive-Pigeon 
352 Red-eyed Dove 
354 Cape Turtle Dove 
355 Laughing Dove 
356 Namaqua Dove
359 Tambourine Dove
360 Lemon Dove
370 Knysna Turaco**
374 Common Cuckoo
377 Red-chested Cuckoo 
378 Black Cuckoo 
380 Great Spotted Cuckoo 
382 Jacobin Cuckoo
384 African Emerald Cuckoo 
385 Klaas's Cuckoo 
386 Diederik Cuckoo 
391 Burchell's Coucal*
392 Barn Owl
394 African Wood-Owl
396 African Scops-Owl
401 Spotted Eagle-Owl
402 Verreaux's Eagle-Owl
405 Fiery-necked Nightjar 
406 Rufous-cheeked Nightjar 
412 African Black Swift 
415 White-rumped Swift 
417 Little Swift 
418 Alpine Swift 
424 Speckled Mousebird 
426 Red-faced Mousebird
427 Narina Trogon
428 Pied Kingfisher 
429 Giant Kingfisher
430 Half-collared Kingfisher 
431 Malachite Kingfisher 
435 Brown-hooded Kingfisher 
438 European Bee-eater 
446 European Roller 
451 African Hoopoe 
452 Green Wood-Hoopoe
460 Crowned Hornbill
464 Black-collared Barbet
465 Acacia Pied Barbet 
469 Red-fronted Tinkerbird 
474 Greater Honeyguide 
476 Lesser Honeyguide 
480 Ground Woodpecker 
484 Knysna Woodpecker**
486 Cardinal Woodpecker 
487 Bearded Woodpecker

488 Olive Woodpecker
489 Red-throated Wrynek
494 Rufous-naped Lark
495 Clapper Lark **
506 Spike-heeled Lark*
518 Barn Swallow 
520 White-throated Swallow 
523 Pearl-breasted Swallow 
526 Greater Striped Swallow*
527 Lesser Striped Swallow 
529 Rock Martin 
530 Common House-Martin 
533 Brown-throated Martin 
534 Banded Martin
536 Black Saw-wing
538 Black Cuckooshrike
540 Grey Cuckooshrike
541 Fork-tailed Drongo 
543 European Golden Oriole 
545 Black-headed Oriole 
547 Cape Crow 
548 Pied Crow 
550 White-necked Raven 
554 Southern Black Tit*
565 Bush Blackcap**
566 Cape Bulbul**
567 African Red-eyed Bulbul*
568 Dark-capped Bulbul
569 Terrestrial Brownbul
572 Sombre Greenbul 
577 Olive Thrush 
581 Cape Rock-Thrush**
586 Mountain Wheatear* 
588 Buff-streaked Chat**
589 Familiar Chat 
593 Mocking Cliff-Chat
596 African Stonechat
598 Chorister Robin-Chat**
601 Cape Robin-Chat
606 White-starred Robin 
613 White-browed Scrub-Robin 
614 Karoo Scrub-Robin**
621 Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler*
622 Layard's Tit-Babbler**
631 African Reed-Warbler 
635 Lesser Swamp-Warbler 
643 Willow Warbler
644 Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler
645 Bar-throated Apalis
648 Yellow-breasted Apalis
651 Long-billed Crombec 
657 Green-backed Camaroptera
664 Zitting Cisticola 
665 Desert Cisticola
667 Wing-snapping Cisticola
670 Wailing Cisticola
677 Levaillant's Cisticola
679 Lazy Cisticola
681 Neddicky 
686 Karoo Prinia**
689 Spotted Flycatcher
690 African Dusky Flycatcher
694 Southern Black Flycatcher
698 Fiscal Flycatcher**
700 Cape Batis**
701 Chinspot Batis
706 Fairy Flycatcher**
708 Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher
710 African Paradise Flycatcher 
713 Cape Wagtail 
716 African Pipit 
717 Long-billed Pipit 
719 Buffy Pipit 
727 Cape Longclaw**
732 Common Fiscal Shrike 
736 Southern Boubou**
740 Black-backed Puffback
742 Southern Tchagra**
746 Bokmakierie*
750 Olive Bush-Shrike*
751 Grey-headed Bush-Shrike
757 Common Starling 
759 Pied Starling**
760 Wattled Starling 
764 Cape Glossy Starling*
769 Red-winged Starling 
775 Malachite Sunbird 
783 Southern Double-collared Sunbird**
785 Greater Double-collared Sunbird**
789 Grey Sunbird
792 Amethyst Sunbird 
796 Cape White-eye**
801 House Sparrow
803 Cape Sparrow*
804 Southern Grey-headed Sparrow 
805 Yellow-throated Petronia 
807 Thick-billed Weaver
808 Dark-backed Weaver
813 Cape Weaver**
814 Southern Masked Weaver 
821 Red-billed Quelea 
824 Southern Red Bishop 
826 Yellow-crowned Bishop
827 Yellow Bishop
831 Red-collared Widowbird
840 African Firefinch 
842 Red-billed Firefinch 
846 Common Waxbill 
850 Swee Waxbill*
852 African Quailfinch 
860 Pin-tailed Whydah 
864 Dusky Indigobird
869 Yellow-fronted Canary 
870 Black-throated Canary 
872 Cape Canary
873 Forest Canary**
877 Brimstone Canary 
878 Yellow Canary*
881 Streaky-headed Seedeater 
884 Golden-breasted Bunting 
885 Cape Bunting 
886 Cape Bunting 
887 Lark-like Bunting*

 

 

 

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