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Birds of the African garden

Birds of the African garden

Although the average Dutch garden does contain more birds than one might initially think, the African garden is something else. Here no Blackbirds or Finches but very different birds. In some ways the basis stays the same, they also have doves here, but there is a lot of stuff  on top of that.

First a very special one, the Grey Go-away bird that gets its name from the sound it makes. A striking bird with a large crest.

Somewhat less spectacular, but still quite something is the Mousebird. Parakeet-like birds with a very long tail and a crest on its head. The bird on the photo is a White-backed Mousebird.

More or less in the same field are the parrots. Parrots are automatically associated with beautiful birds and the Meyers Parrot is no exception to that. Especially the colour blue is quite something!

Next there are the Sunbirds, beautiful birds that we sadly don’t have in the Netherlands but that occur more in the hotter parts of the world. I managed to get two species pictured pretty nicely and I saw two other species on top of that.

White-bellied Sunbird male

White-bellied Sunbird female

Dusky Sunbird

Other small birds that can be found in the African gardens are weavers. The most common is Village Weaver, but close to Okavango also the beautiful Holub’s Golden Weaver can be found. The bird that leaves its mark the most on the African landscape is however the Sociable Weaver. They are sociable indeed, they build enormous nests where they stay all together. Those nests are truly gigantic!

Village Weaver

Holub’s Golden Weaver

Sociable Weaver

Those nests are really big!

Of course there are also doves. A Ring-necked Dove looks a lot like our own Eurasian Collared Dove, a Red-eyed Dove looks also much the same but has a conspicuous red eye. A Laughing dove already has more colour on its feathers, but my favourite is still the Emerald-spotted Wood Dove. A little dove with very beautiful emerald coloured specks on its wings.

Ring-necked Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Laughing Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

I could keep going, because a lot of birds in Africa look great, but I think its easier to show the rest in a gallery. That makes the viewing also a bit easier. Of course I will put information in the description!


Want to see more birds  of Africa? Have a look at birds of the savannah, the swamp and hornbills.

You can also read about mammals. Hippo’s in the Okavango, Elephants and the Ungulates of Africa.

We even saw some cats! Read about Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs.

Africa has some beautiful landscapes, check out the posts about Okavango, Spitzkoppe and Sossusvlei.


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