Flocks in Abundance
Shamwari Private Game Reserve has several bodies of water located throughout the reserve, which means it’s the ideal opportunity to catch sight of the teaming birdlife. Our rangers are knowledgeable on the various bird species residing in the reserve and will happily share their insights with guests. At the moment there are more than 275 different bird species at Shamwari for guests to spot.
Sightings at The Reserve
Speckled mousebirds usually forage in the mid to upper canopy of trees, often in groups of
African paradise flycatcher
Males have two very long central tail streamer feathers during mating season, thus the bird
got its name from the resemblance of the birds-of-paradise.
The ant-eating chat excavates a tunnel, often in the roof of an Aardvark burrow, in which a
nest of dry grass and roots is created.
This long legged wading bird can easily be identified by its unique spoon-shaped bill.
The name of the Bokmakierie comes from its melodious call notes often uttered from the
top of a bush or tree.
These birds only occur where there are animal hosts for the species of insects such as ticks,
that the birds eat.
Southern double-collared sunbird
Their diet mainly consists of nectar, which is drawn up after inserting their long curved bill
into the corolla tube of the flower.
Birds of The Region
There are an abundance of special birds that we are privileged to see at Shamwari. Specialist guides, who know the habits and habitats of these birds, will do their utmost to get you a sighting of these birds in their natural environment.
Sightings at The Reserve
The shape of the Hamerkop’s head with a long bill and crest at the back is reminiscent of a hammer.
Pale Chanting Goshawks
A beautiful, medium-sized bird of prey, the Pale Chanting Goshawk chants tuneful whistling calls during mating season.
The martial eagle is an incredibly powerful raptor and is crowned as the largest African eagle.
The Turaco is the only bird that contains the pigment turacan and turacovaden which is the true green pigment.
Olive Bushshrike (Ruddy Form)
The Olive Bushshrike is part of the shrike family, and a group of species found in shrubs or open wood lands.
The Secretary Bird gets its name from its crest of long feathers that look like quills used by office workers.
Pack the Essentials
Whether you set out on a game drive, go on a guided walk or simply watch from your balcony, bird watching is such a relaxing activity. In order to get the most from your safari experience, we highly recommend that you come fully prepared with these items:
we highly recommend you bring
Bird reference book & personal notebook
Cameras and lenses
From tiny feathered friends to majestic birds of prey, we pride ourselves on the variety of bird species at Shamwari.
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