Birding

June 11th, 2012
rare specie

Short-tailed Pipit Anthus brachyura is one of the world’s rarest pipit species. In South Africa it is an uncommon localized breeding Red Data species listed as Vulnerable. However, because of its shy and secretive habits, it is perhaps overlooked to a great extent. Unlike many other pipit species they seldom venture out into the open, preferring to remain in their short grassy environment.

More than a hundred bird species have been positively identified on the reserve.

Sightings of the rare Short tailed Pipit have been recorded – see insert

Require a bird list.(Download Word Doc (1.2mb) of list)

Article published in ‘Africa Birds & Birding’ (Download acrobat doc)

Numbering is from Roberts Book of Birds, giving the English and Afrikaans common names

1

Ostrich

Volstruis

8

Dabchick

Kleindobbertjie

55

White Breasted Cormorant

Witborsduiker

58

Reed Cormorant

Rietduiker

60

Darter

Slanghalsvoel

62

Grey Heron

Blou Reier

63

Black Headed Heron

Swartkop Reier

65

Purple Heron

Rooi Reier

67

Little Egret

Kleinwit Reier

71

Cattle Egret

Vee Reier

72

Squacco Heron

Ral Reier

81

Hamerkop

Hamerkop

83

White Stork

Witooievaar

91

Sacrid Ibis

Skoosteenveer

92

Bald Ibis

Kalkoenibis

94

Hadeda Ibis

Hadeda

95

African Spoonbill

Leperiaar

102

Egyptian Goose

Kolgans

104

Yellow Billed Duck

Geelbek Eend

105

African Black Duck

Swart Eend

107

Hottentot Teal

Gevlekte Eend

108

Red Billed Teal

Rooibek Eend

113

Southern Pochard

Bruineend

116

Spur Winged Goose

Wildemakou

118

Secretary bird

Sekretarisvoel

122

Cape Vulture

Kransaasvoel

126

Black Kite

Swart Wou

126B

Yellow billed Kite

Geelbek Wou

127

Black shouldered Kite

Blou Valk

131

Black Eagle

Witkruis Arend

132

Tawny Eagle

Roof Arend

138

Ayres’ Eagle

Kleinjag Arend

140

Martial Eagle

Breekop Arend

142

Brown Snake Eagle

Bruinslang Arend

143

Black Breasted Snake Eagle

Swartborsslang Arend

148

African Fish Eagle

Vis Arend

149

Steppe Buzzard

Bruinjakkalsvoel

150

Forest Buzzard

Bergjakkalsvoel

159

Little Banded Goshawk

Gebande Sperwer

169

Gymnogene

Kaalwangvalk

171

Peregrine Falcon

Swerfvalk

180

Eastern Red Footed Falcon

Oostelike Rooipootvalk

181

Rock Kestrel

Kransvalk

191

Shelley’s Francolin

Laeveld Patrys

192

Redwing Francolin

Rooivlerk Patrys

196

Natal Francolin

Natalse Fisant

199

Swainsons Francolin

Bosveld Fisant

200

Common Quail

Afrikaanse Kwartel

203

Helmeted Guineafowl

Gewone Tarentaal

205

Kurrichane Buttingquail

Bosveld Kwarteltjie

206

Black Rumped Button Quail

Kaapse Kwarteltjie

208

Blue Crane

Bloukraanvoel

211

Corn Crake

Kwartelkoning

212

African Crake

Afrikaanse Riethaan

213

Black Crake

Swart Riethaan

217

Red Chested Flufftail

Rooibborsvleikuiken

218

Buff Spotted Flufftail

Gevlekte vleikuiken

229

African Finfoot

Watertrapper

231

Stanley’s Bustard

Veldpou

233

White Bellied Korhaan

Witpens Korhaan

238

Black Bellied Korhaan

Langbeen Korhaan

249

Three Banded Plover

Driebandstrant Kiewiet

255

Crowned Plover

Kroon Kiewiet

257

Black Winged Plover

Grootswartvlerk Kiewiet

258

Blacksmith Plover

Bont Kiewiet

260

Wattled Plover

Lel Kiewiet

264

Common Sandpiper

Gewone Ruiter

286

Ethiopian (African) Snipe

Afrikaanse Snip

297

Spotted Dikkop

Dikkop

338

Whiskered Tern

Witbaardsterretjie

339

White Winged Tern

Witvlerksterretjie

349

Rock Pigeon

Krans Duif

350

Rameron Pigeon

Geelbekbosduif

352

Red eyed Dove

Grootringduif

354

Cape Turtle Dove

Gewone tortelduif

355

Laughing Dove

Rooiborsduifie

356

Namaqua Dove

Namakwaduifie

358

Green Spotted Dove

Groenvlekduifie

370

Knysa Lourie

Knysna lourie

371

Purple Crested Lourie

Bloukuif lourie

373

Grey Lourie

Kwe-voel

377

Red Chested Cuckoo

Piet-my-vrou

374

European Cuckoo

Europese koekoek

378

Black Cuckoo

Swartkoekoek

382

Jacobin Cuckoo

Bontnuwejaarsvoel

385

Klass’s Cuckoo

Meitjie

386

Diederik Cuckoo

Diederik

392

Barn Owl

Nonnetjie-uil

401

Spotted Eagle Owl

Gevlekte ooruil

405

Fiery Necked Nightjar

Afrikaanse naguil

408

Freckled Nightjar

Donkernaguil

412

Black Swift

Swartwindswael

415

White Rumped Swift

Witkruiswindswael

417

Little Swift

Kleinwindswael

418

Alpine Swift

Witpenswindswael

424

Speckled Mousebird

Gevlekte muisvoel

428

Pied Kingfisher

Bontvisvanger

429

Giant Kingfisher

Reuse visvanger

430

Half Collard Kingfisher

Blouvisvanger

432

Pygmy Kingfisher

Dwergvisvanger

435

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

Bruinkopvisvanger

437

Striped Kingfisher

Gestreepte visvanger

445

European Roller

Europese troupant

447

Lilac Breasted Roller

Gewone troupant

451

Hoopoe

Hoephoep

454

Scinitar Billed Woodhoopoe

Swartbekkakelaar

464

Black Collard Barbet

Rooikophoutkapper

465

Pied Barbet

Bonthoutkapper

476

Lesser Honey Guide

Kleinheuningwyser

478

Sharp Billed Honey Guide

Skerpbekheuningvoel

483

Golden Tailed Woodpecker

Goudstertspeg

486

Cardinal Woodpecker

Kardinaalspeg

488

Olive Woodpecker

Gryskopspeg

489

Red Throated Wryneck

Draaihals

494

Rufousnaped Lark

Rooinek Lewerik

500

Long billed Lark

Langbek Lewerik

507

Red Capped Lark

Rooikop Lewerik

518

European Swallow

Europese Swael

520

White Throated Swallow

Witkeel Swael

526

Greater Striped Swallow

Groot streep Swael

527

Lesser Striped Swallow

Kleinstreep Swael

529

Rock Martin

Krans Swael

530

House Martin

Huis Swael

534

Banded Martin

Gebande Oewer Swael

536

Black Saw-Wing Swallow

Swartsaagvlerk Swael

538

Black Cuckoo Shrike

Swartkatakoeroe

541

Fork tailed Drongo

Miksterbyevanger

545

Black Headed Oriole

Swartkopwielewaai

547

Black Crow

Swart Kraai

550

White Necked Raven

Withals Kraai

554

Southern Black Tit

Gewone Swartmees

568

Black eyed Bulbul

Swartoogtipol

576

Kurrichane  Thrush

Roiibek Lyster

577

Olive Thrush

Olyf Lyster

580

Ground Scraper Thrush

Gevlekte Lyster

581

Cape Rock Thrush

Kaapse Klip Lyster

586

Mountain Chat

Berg Wagter

588

Buff Streaked Chat

Bergklip Wagter

593

Mocking Chat

Dassie voel

595

Anteating Chat

Swartpiek

596

Stone Chat

Gewone Bontrokkie

598

Chorister Robin

Lawaaimakerianfrederik

601

Cape Robin

Gewone janfrederik

606

Starred Robin

Witkolianfrederik

613

White Browed Robin

Gestreepte Wipstert

637

Yellow Warbler

Geelsanger

638

African Sedge Warbler

Kaapse Vleisanger

643

Willow Warbler

Hofsanger

645

Barthroated Apalis

Bandkeelkleinjantie

661

Grassbird

Grasvoel

664

Fantailed Cisticola

Landery Klopkloppie

667

Ayre’s Cisticola

Kleinste Klopkloppie

670

Wailing Cisticola

Huiltinktinkie

677

Levaillant’s Cisticola

Vleitinktinkie

679

Lazy Cisticola

Luitinktinkie

681

Neddicky

Neddikkie

683

Tawny Flanked Prinia

Bruinsylangstertjie

686

Spotted Prinia (Karoo Prinia)

Karoolangstertjie

689

Spotted Flycatcher

Europese Vlieevanger

694

Black Flycatcher

Swart Vlieevanger

698

Fiscal Flycatcher

Fiskaal Vlieevanger

700

Cape Batis

Kaapse Bosbontrokkie

701

Chin Spot Batis

Witlies Bosbontrokkie

710

Paradise Flycatcher

Paradys Vlieevanger

711

African Pied Wagtail

Bontwikkie

712

Long Tailed Wagtail

Bergwikkei

713

Cape Wagtail

Gewone Kwikkie

716

Grass Veld Pipit

Gweone Koester

717

Long Billed Pipit

Nickolsonse Koester

718

Plain Backed Pipit

Donker Koester

723

Bush Veld Pipit

Bosveld Koester

724

Short Tailed Pipit

Kortstert Koester

727

Orange Throated Longclaw

Oranjekeelkalkoentjie

728

Yellow Throated Longclaw

Geelkeelkalkoentjie

731

Lesser Grey Shrike

Gryslaksman

732

Fiscal Shrike

Fiskaallaksman

733

Red Backed Shrike

Rooiruglaksman

736

Southern Boubou

Suidelike Waterfiskaal

740

Puffback

Sneeubal

746

Bokmakierie

Bokmakierie

758

Indian Mynah

Indiese Spreeu

759

Pied Starling

Witgat Spreeu

761

Plimcolour Starling

Witbors Spreeu

769

Red Winged Starling

Rooivlerk Spreeu

772

Red Billed Oxpecker

Rooibekrenostervoel

775

Malachite Sunbird

Jangroentjie

780

Purple Banded Sunbird

Purperband Suikerbekkie

785

Greater Double Collard Sunbird

Grootrooibors Suikerbekkie

787

White Bellied Sunbird

Witpens Suikerbekkie

791

Scarlet Chested Sunbird

Rooikeel Suikerbekkie

792

Black Sunbird

Swart Suikerbekkie

793

Collared Sunbird

Kort Suikerbekkie

796

Cape White-eye

Kaapse Glasogie

801

House Sparrow

Huis Mossie

803

Cape Sparrow

Gewone Mossie

804

Grey Headed Sparrow

Gryskop Mossie

805

Yellow Throated Sparrow

Geelvlek Mossie

807

Thick Billed Weaver

Dikbek Wewer

811

Spotted Backed Weaver

Bontrug Wewer

813

Cape Weaver

Kaapse Wewer

814

Masked Weaver

Swartkeelgeelvink

820

Cuckoo Finch

Koekoek Vink

821

Red Billed Quelea

Rooibekkwelea

824

Red Bishop

Rooiv Vnk

826

Golden Bishop

Goudgeel Vink

828

Red Shouldered Widow

Kortstert Flap

829

White Winged Widow

Witvlerk Flap

831

Red Collared Widow

Rooikeel Flap

832

Long Tailed Widow

Langstert Flap

840

Blue Billed Fire Finch

Kaapse Robbin

846

Common Waxbill

Rooibek Sysie

850

Swee Waxbill

Suidelike Sysie

852

Quail Finch

Gewone Kwartel Vinkie

854

Orange Breasted Waxbill

Rooiassie

857

Bronze Manikin

Gewone Fret

860

Pin Tailed Whydah

Koningrooibekkie

864

Black Widow Finch

Gewone Blou Vinkie

865

Purple Widow Finch

Witpoot Blou Vinkie

869

Yellow Eyed Canary

Geeloog Kanarie

870

Black Throated Canary

Berg Kanarie

872

Cape Canary

Kaapse Kanarie

881

Streaky Headed Canary

Streepkop Kanarie

884

Golden Breasted Bunting

Rooirugstreepkoppie

885

Cape Bunting

Rooivlerkstreepkoppie

886

Rock Bunting

Klipstreepkoppie

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