Birding

"We were treated like royalty and had wonderful accommodation. Our game guide, Khulu, was excellent and helped us identify 55 bird species during our visit. I recommend Tembe to all. "
Russell and Joanie Tarr, South Africa 2015

European Bee Eater

European Bee Eater

Tembe's 340 Bird SpeciesTembe Elephant Park is a paradise for bird-watchers with more than 340 species - many are localised residents, others are endemic to South Africa and there are others that are tropical species at the southern limit of their range. The secret is the diverse habitat - scrub, sand forest and thornveld.

There are lots of lifers to be found here: the rare Plain-backed Sunbird, the African Broadbill, Rudd’s Apalis, the Rufous-bellied Heron, the Natal Nightjar. And then there are the migratory species like the glorious Steppe Eagle that comes all the way from Eastern Europe to feast on termites, small mammals and reptiles.

The rangers of Tembe are extremely knowledgeable about birds and their habits, and a trip out with your local guide will not only produce some rare sightings, but will introduce you to the lore of birds in an African context. There are tick lists available at the camp for all the bird species to be spotted at Tembe.

Come to Tembe and marvel at the rich abundance of our bird species.

 

008 Dabchick 449 Purple Roller
049 White Pelican 450 Broadbilled Roller
055 Whitebreasted Cormorant 451 African Hoopoe
058 Reed Cormorant 452 Redbilled Woodhoopoe
060 Darter 454 Scimitarbilled Woodhoopoe
062 Grey Heron 455 Trumpeter Hornbill
063 Blackheaded Heron 457 Grey Hornbill
064 Goliath Heron 458 Redbilled Hornbill
065 Purple Heron 460 Crowned Hornbill
066 Great White Egret 464 Blackcollared Barbet
067 Little Egret 465 Pied Barbet
068 Yellowbilled Egret 466 White-eared Barbet
071 Cattle Egret 469 Redfronted Tinker Barbet
072 Squacco Heron 471 Goldenrumped Tinker Barbet
074 Greenbacked Heron 474 Greater Honeyguide
075 Rufous-bellied Heron 475 Scalythroated Honeyguide
076 Blackcrowned Night Heron 476 Lesser Honeyguide
078 Little Bittern 478 Sharpbilled Honeyguide
081 Hamerkop 483 Goldentailed Woodpecker
083 White Stork 486 Cardinal Woodpecker
086 Woollynecked Stork 487 Bearded Woodpecker
088 Saddlebilled Stork 490 African Broadbill
090 Yellowbilled Stork 494 Rufousnaped Lark
091 Sacred Ibis 496 Flappet Lark
093 Glossy Ibis 498 Sabota Lark
094 Hadeda Ibis 500 Longbilled Lark
095 African Spoonbill 518 European Swallow
099 Whitefaced Duck 522 Wiretailed Swallow
101 Whitebacked Duck 527 Lesser Striped Swallow
102 Egyptian Goose 530 House Martin
104 Yellowbilled Duck 531 Greyrumped Swallow
107 Hottentot Teal 533 Brownthroated Martin
108 Redbilled Teal 536 Black Sawwing Swallow
114 Pygmy Goose 538 Black Cuckooshrike
115 Knobbilled Duck 540 Grey Cuckooshrike
116 Spurwinged Goose 541 Forktailed Drongo
118 Secretarybid 542 Squaretailed Drongo
123 Whitebacked Vulture 545 Blackheaded Oriole
126a Yellowbilled Kite 548 Pied Crow
126b Black Kite 554 Southern Black Tit
127 Blackshouldered Kite 568 Blackeyed Bulbul
128 Cuckoo Hawk 569 Terrestrial Bulbul
129 Bat Hawk 570 Yellowstreaked Bulbul
130 Honey Buzzard 572 Sombre Bulbul
132 Tawny Eagle 574 Yellowbellied Bulbul
133 Steppe Eagle 575 Yellowspotted Nicator
135 Wahlberg's Eagle 576 Kurrichane Thrush
137 African Hawk Eagle 596 Stonechat
139 Longcrested Eagle 599 Heuglin's Robin
140 Martial Eagle 600 Natal Robin
141 Crowned Eagle 602 Whitethroated Robin
142 Brown Snake Eagle 606 Starred Robin
143 Blackbreasted Snake Eagle 613 Whitebrowed Robin
144 Sthn Banded Snake Eagle 616 Brown Robin
146 Bataleur 617 Bearded Robin
147 Palmnut Vulture 631 African Marsh Warbler
148 African Fish Eagle 634 European Sedge Warbler
149 Steppe Buzzard 637 Yellow Warbler
150 Forest Buzzard 638 African Sedge Warbler
152 Jackal Buzzard 643 Willow Warbler
154 Lizard Buzzard 648 Yellowbreasted Apalis
157 Little Sparrowhawk 649 Rudd's Apalis
158 Black Sparrowhawk 651 Longbilled Crombec
159 Litte Banded Goshawk 653 Yellowbellied Eremomela
160 African Goshawk 657 G/backedBleating Warbler
161 Gabar Goshawk 664 Fantailed Cisticola
165 African Marsh Harrier 668 Palecrowned Cisticola
169 Gymnogene 672 Rattling Cisticola
170 Osprey 674 Redfaced Cisticola
172 Lanner Falcon 675 Blackbacked Cisticola
180 Eastern Redfooted Kestrel 678 Croaking Cisticola
188 Coqui Francolin 681 Neddicky
189 Crested Francolin 683 Tawnyflanked Prinia
191 Shelley's Francolin 689 Spotted Flycatcher
196 Natal Francolin 690 Dusky Flycatcher
200 Common Quail 691 Bluegrey Flycatcher
203 Helmeted Guineafowl 693 Fantailed Flycatcher
204 Crested Guineafowl 694 Black Flycatcher
205 Kurrichane Buttonquail 696 Pallid Flycatcher
211 Corncrake 698 Fiscal Flycatcher
212 African Crake 700 Cape Batis
213 Black Crake 701 Chinspot Batis
215 Baillon's Crake 704 Woodward's Batis
218 Buffspotted Flufftail 708 Bluemantled Flycatcher
223 Purple Gallinule 710 Paradise Flycatcher
226 Moorhen 711 African Pied Wagtail
231 Stanley's Bustard 713 Cape Wagtail
237 Redcrested Korhaan 716 Grassveld Pipit
238 Blackbellied Korhaan 727 Orangethroated Longclaw
240 African Jacana 728 Yellowthroated Longclaw
241 Lesser Jacana 730 Pinkthroated Longclaw
242 Painted Snipe 732 Fiscal Shrike
248 Kittlitz's Plover 733 Redbacked Shrike
249 Threebanded Plover 735 Longtailed Shrike
255 Crowned Plover 736 Southern Boubou
256 Lesser Blackwinged Plover 740 Puffback
258 Blacksmith Plover 741 Brubru
260 Wattled Plover 743 Threestreaked Tchagra
264 Common Sandpiper 744 Blackcrowned Tchagra
266 Wood Sandpiper 747 Gorgeous Bush Shrike
269 Marsh Sandpiper 748 Orangebreasted Bush Shrike
270 Greenshank 751 Greyheaded Bush Shrike
272 Curlew Sandpiper 753 White Hemetshrike
286 Ethiopian Snipe 754 Redbilled Helmetshrike
295 Blackwinged Stilt 761 Plumcoloured Starling
297 Spotted Dikkop 764 Glossy Starling
298 Water Dikkop 768 Blackbellied Starling
304 Redwinged Pratincole 772 Redbilled Oxpecker
338 Whiskered Tern 779 Marico Sunbird
350 Rameron Pigeon 780 Purplebanded Sunbird
352 Redeyed Dove 782 Neergaard's Sunbird
354 Cape Turtle Dove 787 Whitebellied Sunbird
355 Laughing Dove 789 Grey Sunbird
356 Namaqua Dove 790 Olive Sunbird
358 Greenspotted Dove 791 Scarletchested Sunbird
359 Tamborine Dove 792 Black Sunbird
361 Green Pigeon 793 Collared Sunbird
363 Brownheaded Parrot 794 Plain-backed Sunbird (Blue-throated Sunbird)
370 Knysna Lourie 796 Cape White-eye
371 Purplecrested Lourie 797 Yellow White-eye
374 European Cuckoo 801 House Sparrow
377 Redchested Cuckoo 804 Sthn Greyheaded Sparrow
378 Black Cuckoo 805 Yellowthroated Sparrow
380 Great Spotted Cuckoo 807 Thickbilled Weaver
382 Jacobin Cuckoo 808 Forest Weaver
384 Emerald Cuckoo 810 Spectacled Weaver
385 Klaas' Cuckoo 811 Spottedbacked Weaver
386 Diederik Cuckoo 814 Masked Weaver
391 Burchell's Coucal 815 Lesser Masked Weaver
392 Barn Owl 817 Yellow Weaver
393 Grass Owl 818 Brownthroated Weaver
394 Wood Owl 821 Redbilled Quelea
395 Marsh Owl 822 Redheaded Quelea
397 Whitefaced Owl 824 Red Bishop
399 Barred Owl 828 Redshouldered Widow
401 Spotted Eagle Owl 829 Whitewinged Widow
405 Fierynecked Nightjar 831 Redcollared Widow
407 Natal Nightjar 834 Melba Finch
408 Freckled Nightjar 835 Green Twinspot
409 Mozambique Nightjar 838 Pinkthroated Twinspot
412 Black Swift 841 Jameson's Firefinch
417 Little Swift 842 Redbilled Firefinch
421 Palm Swift 844 Blue Waxbill
424 Speckled Mousebird 846 Common Waxbill
426 Redfaced Mousebird 848 Grey Waxbill
427 Narina Trogon 852 Quail Finch
428 Pied Kingfisher 854 Orangebreasted Waxbill
429 Giant Kingfisher 857 Bronze Mannikin
431 Malachite Kingfisher 858 Redbacked Mannikin
432 Pygmy Kingfisher 860 Pintailed Whydah
435 Brownhooded Kingfisher 862 Paradise Whydah
437 Striped Kingfisher 864 Black Widowfinch
438 European Bee-eater 869 Yelloweyed Canary
440 Bluecheeked Bee-eater 871 Lemonbreasted Canary
443 Whitefronted Bee-eater 877 Bully Canary
444 Little Bee-eater 884 Goldenbreasted Bunting
446 European Roller 886 Rock Bunting
447 Lilacbreasted Roller