For ornithologists and bird-lovers, Mkuze Falls and its wetlands are a haven for sightings of some of the most beautiful and spectacular birds in Africa. Below is a checklist of the species in the area.

Look out for these family names :

1.       ■  A
Apalis, Bar-throated
Apalis, Yellow-breasted

■  B
Babbler, Arrow-marked
Barbet, Acacia Pied
Barbet, Black-collared
Barbet, Crested
Batis, Chinspot
Bee-eater, European
Bee-eater, Little
Bee-eater, White-fronted
Bishop, Southern Red
Bittern, Little
Boubou, Southern
Brownbul, Terrestrial
Bulbul, Dark-capped
Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted
Bunting, Golden-breasted
Bustard, Black.bellied
Buttonquail, Small
Buzzard, Forest
Buzzard, Jackal
Buzzard, Lizard
Buzard, Steppe

■  C
Camaroptera, Green-backed
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Chat, Mocking Cliff-
Cisticola, Croaking
Cisticola, Levaillant's
Cisticola, Rattling
Cisticola, Red-faced
Cisticola, Zitting
Coot, Red-knobbed
Cormorant, Reed
Cormorant, White-breasted
Coucal, Black
Coucal, Burchell's
Courser, Bronze-winged
Crake, African
Crake, Black
Crake, Corn
Crombec, Long-billed
Crow, Pied
Cuckoo, African
Cuckoo, African Emerald
Cuckoo, Black
Cuckoo, Common
Cuckoo, Didrick
Cuckoo, Jacobin
Cuckoo, Klaas's
Cuckoo, Red-chested
Cuckooshrike, Black

■  D
Darter, African
Dove, Cape Turtle-
Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood-
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Namaqua
Dove, Red-eyed
Dove, Rock
Dove, Tambourine
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Duck, African black
Duck, Comb
Duck, White-Backed
Duck, White-faced

■  E
Eagle, African Crowned
Eagle, African Fish-
Eagle, African Hawk-
Eagle, Black-chested Snake-
Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Brown Snake-
Eagle, Lesser Spotted
Eagle, Long-crested
Eagle, Martial
Eagle, Steppe
Eagle, Tawny
Eagle, Wahlberg's
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Great
Egret, Little
Egret, Yellow-billed

■  F
Falcon, Amur
Falcon, Lanner
Falcon, Pergrine
Finfoot, African
Firefinch, African
Firefinch, Jameson's
Firefinch, Red-billed
Fiscal, Common
Flycatcher, African Dusky
Flycatcher, African Paradise-
Flycatcher, Ashy
Flycatcher, Pale
Flycatcher, Southern Black
Flycatcher, Spotted
Francolin, Crested
Francolin, Natal
Francolin, Shelley's

■  G
Gallinule, Allen's
Goose, African Pygmy-
Goose, Egyptian
Goose, Spur-winged
Goshawk, African
Grassbird, Cape
Grebe, Little
Greenbul, Sombre
Greenbul, Yellow-bellied
Greenshank, Common
Guineafowl, Crested
Guineafowl, Helmeted

  ■  H
Harrier, African Marsh-
Hawk, African Harrier-
Hawk, Bat
Helmet-Shrike, White-crested
Heron, Black
Heron, Black-Crowned Night-
Heron, Black-headed
Heron, Goliath
Heron, Green-backed
Heron, Grey
Heron, Purple
Heron, Squacco
Heron, White-backed Night-
Hobby, Eurasian
Honeyguide, Greater
Hoopoe, African
Hornbill, African Grey
Hornbill, Crowned
Hornbill, Red-billed
Hornbill, Southern Ground-
Hornbill, Southern YellowBilled
Hornbill, Trumpeter

■  I
Ibis, African Sacred
Ibis, Glossy
Ibis, Hadeda
Ibis, Southern Bald
Indigobird, Dusky
Indigobird, Purple
Indigobird, Village

■  J
Jacana, African

■  K
Kingfisher, African Pygmy-
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Kingfisher, Giant
Kingfisher, Grey-headed
Kingfisher, Half-collared
Kingfisher, Malachite
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, Stripped
Kingfisher, Woodland
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-shouldered
Kite, Yellow-billed

■  L
Lapwing, African Wattled
Lapwing, Blacksmith
Lapwing, Crowned
Lapwing, Senegal
Lark, Dusky
Lark, Rufous-naped
Longclaw, Yellow-throated

■  M
Mannikin, Bronze
Martin, Brown-throuted
Martin, Rock
Moorhen, Common
Moorhen, Lesser
Mousebird, Red-faced
Mousebird, Speckled
Myna, Common

■  N
Nicator, Eastern
Nightjar, European
Nightjar, Fiery-necked
Nightjar, Square-tailed

■  O
Oriole, Black-headed
Ostrich, Common
Owl, African Grass-
Owl, African Scops-
Owl, African Wood-
Owl, Barn
Owl, Marsh
Owl, Southern White f. Scops
Owl, Spotted Eagle-
Owl, Verreaux's Eagle
Owlet, Pearl-spotted
Oxpecker, Red-billed

■  P
Petronia, Yellow-throated
Pigeon, African Green-
Pigeon, Speckled
Pipet, African
Pipet, Striped
Plover, Kittlitz's
Plover, Three-banded
Prinia, Tawney-flanked
Puffback, Black-backed
Pytilia, Green-winged

■  Q
Quail, Common
Quail, Harlequin
Quelea, Red-billed

■  R
Rail, African
Raven, White-necked
Robin, Bearded Scurb-
Robin, White-browed Scrub-
Robin, Chat Cape
Robin, Chat Red-capped
Robin, Chat White-browed
Robin, Chat White-throated
Roller, European
Roller, Lilac-breasted
Roller, Purple

■  S
Sandpiper, Common
Sandpiper, Curlew
Sandpiper, Wood
Scimitarbill, Common
Shrike, Gorgeous Bush-
Shrike, Grey-headed Bush-
Shrike, Lesser Grey
Shrike, Orange-breasted Bush-
Shrike, Red-backed
Snipe, African
Snipe, Greater Painted-
Sparrow, Cape
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, S. Grey-headed
Sparrowhawk, Black
Sparrowhawk, Rufous-chested
Spoonbill, African
Spurfowl, Swainson's
Starling, Black-bellied
Starling, Cape Glossy
Starling, Red-winged
Starling, Violet-backed
Starling, Wattled
Stilt, Black-winged
Stonechat, African
Stork, Black
Stork, Marabou
Stork, White
Stork, Woolly-necked
Stork, Yellow-billed
Sunbird, Amethyst
Sunbird, Collared
Sunbird, Marico
Sunbird, Purple-banded
Sunbird, Scarlet-chested
Sunbird, S. Double-collared
Sunbird, White-bellied
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Lesser Striped
Swallow, Red-breasted
Swallow, White-throated
Swallow, Wire-tailed
Swamphen, African Purple
Swift, African Black
Swift, African Palm-
Swift, Alpine
Swift, Horus
Swift, Little

■  T
Tchagra, Black-crowned
Tchagra, Brown-crowned
Teal, Hottentot
Teal, Red-billed
Thick-knee, Spotted
Thick-knee, water
Thrush, Groundscaper
Thrush, Kurrichane
Thrush, Olive
Tinkerbird, Red-fronted
Tit, Southern-Black
Trogon, Narina
Turaco, Purple-crested

■  V
Vulture, Cape
Vulture, Lappet-faced
Vulture, White-backed
Vulture, White-headed

■  W
Wagtail, African Pied
Wagtail, Cape
Wagtail, Mountain
Warbler, African Reed-
Wabler, Lesser Swamp-
Wabler, Willow
Waxbill, Blue
Waxbill, Organge-breasted
Waxbill, Swee
Weaver, Cape
Weaver, Lesser Masked-
Weaver, Red-billed Buffalo-
Weaver, Red-headed
Weaver, Southern Masked-
Weaver, Spectacled
Weaver, Thick-billed
Weaver, Village
White-eye Cape
Whydah, Long-tailed Paradise-
Whydah, Pin-tailed
Widowbird, Fan-tailed
Widowbird, Long-tailed
Widowbird, Red-collared
Widowbird, White-winged
Wood-Hoopoe, Green
Woodpecker, bearded
Woodpecker, Cardinal
Woodpecker, Golden-Tailed






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