feathersandbeaks: The African Olive Pigeon or Rameron Pigeon (Columba arquatrix) is a pigeon that is a resident breeding bird in much of eastern and southern Africa from Ethiopia to the Cape. There are also populations in western Angola, southwestern Saudi Arabia and northern Yemen. It is locally common, although there are sizeable gaps in its distribution due to its habitat requirements.
The Southern Masked Weaver or African Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa. This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks.
Green (Guinea) Turaco. South Africa. Learned about this guy in ornithology. One of the few birds to have green microstructures. Most of the time, a green bird is created through blue microstructure of feathers and yellow pigments!
The 'Double-banded Courser' (Rhinoptilus africanus), also known as the 'Two-banded Courser', is a species of bird in the Glareolidae family. It is found in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania. The bird is widespread enough to have practically no chance of becoming endangered or extinct. The Double-Banded Courser lives and breeds in flat, stony or gravelly, semi-desert terrains with firm, sandy soil and tufty grass or thorn scrub.
The Red-Billed Firefinch is aptly named. They hang around together in small flocks of active individual all hopping and fluttering about so that the brightly coloured male really does look like a flame in the fire. I first saw these little chaps up in the Okovango Delta
Crested Barbet. The extended twitter of treee treeetee teeeeetree announces the presence of this fruit eating visitor to the tree canopy of the savanna woodlands, riverine forests and now suburbia. Crested Barbet is not resident in sub tropical Durban, but every Jauary one passes through a Park near where I live and I delight in hearing him call for days before he pushes of on the rest his journey