Birds of Kwazulu

Secretary Bird

I spent a few days in early June with my family in Hluhluwe game reserve in Kawazulu Natal, South Africa. Below is a list of some of the birds of we saw in our three days there, without really trying.

As much as I love the mountains around Beijing, they just can’t compete with Africa for bird life. Central and southern China are of course different and have a much greater variety of birds.

But up in the north, between the harsh winters and the local appetites for feathered creatures, it’s a hard life for a bird.

• Sacred Ibis
• African Hoopoe
• Mousebird
• Fiscal Shrike
• Common Francolin
• Burchell’s Coucal
• African Fish Eagle
• Cape Turtle Dove
• Fork-tailed Drongo
• Black Widow Finch
• Black-eyed Bulbul
• Waldburg’s Eagle
• Woolly-necked stork
• European Masked Warbler
• African Hawk Eagle
• Southern Bulbul
• Yellow-eyed Canary
• Grey Heron
• African Pied Wagtail
• Scimitar-billed Wood Hoopoe
• Three-banded Plover
• Hamerkop
• Natal Francolin
• Groundscraper Thrush
• Blue Waxbill
• Secretary Bird
• Cape Glossy Starling
• White-backed Vulture
• White Egret
• Ostrich
• Hadeda
• Red-billed Oxpecker
• Emerald-spotted Wood Dove
• European Bea-eater
• Indian Mynah
• Pied Crow
• Little Egret
• White-faced Duck
• Egyptian Goose
• Grey Heron
• Giant Kingfisher
• Stone Chat
• White-throated Swallow
• Crested Barbet
• Brown Snake Eagle

Published by

Jeremy Goldkorn

Danwei.com South African media entrepreneur who has lived in China since 1995. China, Media, Internet, Great Wall and Great FireWall, Chinese food, African music.