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    of the Crocodile River Reserve

Birds of the Crocodile River Reserve

The Crocodile River Reserve offers bird enthusiasts a breath-taking array of birding diversity because of our riverine and grassland habitats. Over the years 255 birds have been sighted in the Reserve, and some striking photographs shared with us by talented community members.

For a full list of these 255 species click on the button below and remember to share your phoo’s of any unusual sightings to our Facebook page.

Birds are one of the six basic groups of animals – alongside reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and protozoans – and are characterized by their feather coats and (in most species) their ability to fly.

A feather is a growth from the bird’s skin, much like a hair, and forms it’s plumage. Feathers have evolved over millions of years to help with tasks such as flying and keeping warm.

The majority of bird species have the ability to fly, a skill which was made possible through the evolution of wings, feathers and a other adaptations. Birds such as penguins and ostriches, have lost the ability to fly due to evolving in an environment where flying wasn’t necessary.

Birds are found all around the world, in almost any habitat, from the emperor penguins in the Antarctic to species found in some of the world’s hottest deserts. Some bird species spend their entire life in one small area while others migrate thousands of miles every year, such as the migrating kestrels that spend the summer months in South Africa.


Bird Species

Our  List of  Rare Birds

Pied Avocet
African Grass Owl
Striped Kingfisher
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Bearded Woodpecker
Black-headed Oriole
Ashy Tit
Short-toed Rock-thrush
Fairy Flycatcher
Lesser Grey Shrike
White-crested Helmet-shrike

Explore our Birding Articles

Black-Collared Barbet by Bernard DUPONT

Black-Collared Barbet

The Black-Collared Barbet or Lybius Torquatus is also known as the Rooikophoutkapper and is one of the most common barbets in Africa, occurring from the DRC to Kenya and southern Africa.
January 7, 2020/by admin
Black-Crowned Tchagra by Albert Froneman

Black-Crowned Tchagra

This bird of the Crocodile River Reserve tends to favour the northern mountain bushveld. The black forehead and crown differentiate this Tchagra from other Tchagras. It is also a larger, bolder bird and is more conspicuous in its behaviour.
January 7, 2020/by admin
Bateleur by Albert Froneman


The name Bateleur is derived from the old French word for tumbler or acrobat owing to the birds “tight-rope walking” appearance as its tips from side to side in flight. This near-threatened is the most easily identified eagle of the region, both in flight and perched. The black, white and chestnut plumage, combined with the diagnostic wing shape and very short tail, render this bird unmistakable.
January 7, 2020/by admin
Barn Owl by E Stockenstroom

Barn Owl

The Barn Owl has earned itself the nickname ‘ghost owl’ because of its pale plumage and chilling call. This creature is one of the most widely distributed bird species in the world, and the superstition surrounding it has been unwittingly passed down from generation to generation. These superstitions have led to the senseless and cruel killing of these birds over the decades, however, farmers and enlightened city-folk hold these splendid birds in high regard, because they protect crops by feeding on rats, mice and birds.
January 7, 2020/by admin
African Finfoot by Eric Stockenstroom

African Finfoot

The African Finfoot or Watertrapper, (Podica senegalensis) is a very rare and vulnerable bird species.  The Afrikaans name for the African Finfoot is "Watertrapper".
The African Finfoot is about the size and shape of a large cormorant. 
January 7, 2020/by admin