Bird Watching

Birds

Offering a rich variety of species the Malu Forest Reserver is popular with bird watchers.

A list of birds as spotted at Malu can be seen below, but for those of you who are not serious birders (or twitchers), you may still like to look out for the following particularly interesting ones that are common at Malu:

Long-Crested Eagle—a pair of long-crested eagles are based at the lodge area, and can often be seen on the cedars & telegraph poles around the cottages, with their distinctive long black crests waving in the breeze. They are black with white bands on the tail and under wings, and are quite vocal, giving a high-pitched scream and a long series of "kik’"s.

Hartlaub’s turaco - a brilliant medium-sized bird; plumage is mainly green and purplish-black, with red wings on flight. Their high-pitched loud croaking call—”kaw, kaw, kaw, kaw, kaw” can often be heard. Narina’s trogon - a beautiful medium-sized bird with glossy green on the back, a vivid scarlet belly and dark bluish green and white tail. It is often seen on the way down to the plunge pool.

Red-capped robin chat – a small bird with rich orangered, grey and brown plumage, an outstanding mimic who will imitate your whistle as you walk.

The Malu Brid Watchers' Checklist

1 African Long Crested Eagle
2 Africanharrier Hawk
3 African Black And White Duck
4 Black Chested Snake Eagle
5 Augur Bazzard
6 African Crowned Eagle
7 Bat Hawk
8 Hadada Ibis
9 Hamerkop
10 Cattle Egret
11 Green Backed Heron
12 African Cuckoo Hawk
13 Great Sparrow Hawk
14 African Goshawk
14 Ayres Hawk Eagle
15 African Fish Eagle
16 Black Shouldered Kite
17 Black Kite
18 Peregrene Falcon
19 Grey Kestrel
20 Crested Fracolin
21 Common Quail
22 Helmeted Guineafowl
23 African Finfoot
24 Black Smith Plover
25 Crowned Plover
26 Olive Pigeon
27 Speckled Pigeon
28 Tambourine Dove
29 Red Eye Dove
30 Ring Necked Dove
31 Emerald Spotted Dove
32 Turtle Dove
33 Namaqua Dove
34 Narinas Trogon
35 Red Fronted Parrot
36 Hartlaubs Turaco
37 Levaillant Cuckoo (striped)
38 Red Chested Cuckoo
39 Klass Cuckoo
40 Black Cuckoo Shrike
41 White Browed Coucal
42 Montane Nightjar
43 Vereaux Eagle Owl
44 Alpiine Swift
45 Mottled Swift
46 Black Swift
47 Mosque Swallows
48 Pied Kingfisher
49 Giant Kingfisher
50 Malachite Kingfisher
51 Speckled Mousebird
52 Broadbill Roller
53 Rufous Crown Roller
54 Lilac Breasted Roller
55 White Fronted Bee Eater
56 Lttle Bee Eater
57 African Hoopoe
58 White Headed Hoopoe
59 Green Wood Hoopoe
60 Scimitarbill
61 Common Bulbul
62 Tropical Boubou
63 Black Backed Puffback
64 Grey Hornbill
65 Crowned Hornbill
66 Red Fronted Barbert
67 Acacia Pied Barbert
68 Yellow Fronted Barbert
69 Golden Rump Tinker Barbert
70 Red Fronted Tinkerbird
71 Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird
72 Red Headed Weaver
73 Spekes Weaver
74 Rechnows Weaver
75 Black Headed Weaver
76 Spectacled Weaver
77 Holubs Golden Weaver
78 Yellow Throated Longclaw
79 Grassland Pipit (richards)
80 Rufous Naped Lark
81 Grey Wagtail
82 Pied Wagtail
83 Three Streaked Tchagra
84 Black Lored Babbler
85 Arrow Marked Babbler
86 Jackson Widowbird
87 Ant Eater Chat
88 Abyssinian Wheatear
89 Red Capped Robbin Chat
90 Ruppells Robbin Chat
91 Olive Thrush
92 African Thrush
93 Grey Capped Warbler
94 African Moustached Warbler
95 River Warbler
96 Grey Headed Bush Shrike
97 Fiscal Shrike
98 Rattling Cisticola
99 Yellow Breasted Apalis
100 Grey Backed Cameroptera
101 Olive Backed Cameroptera
102 Red Faced Crombec
103 African Brubru
104 Chin Spot Batis
105 Grey Flycatcher

106 White Eye Slaty Flycatcher
107 Wattle Eye Flycatcher
108 Kikuyu White Eye
109 Square Tailed Drongo
110 Forked Tailed Drongo
111 White Bellied Tit
112 Greater Honey Guide
113 Cardinal Woodpecker
114 Beareded Woodpecker
115 Red Throated Wrynec
116 Golden Winged Sunbird
117 Bronze Sunbird
118 Amethyst Sunbird
119 Hunters Sunbird
120 Northern Double Collared Sun
121 Green Throated Sunbird
122 Malchite Sunbird
123 Scarlet Chested Sunbird
124 Eastern Double Collared Sun
125 Tacazze Sunbird
126 Variable Sunbird
127 Red Chested Sunbird
128 Superb Sunbird
129 Beautiful Sunbird
130 Olive Sunbird
131 Violet Backed Sunbird
132 Green Sunbird
133 Black Headed Oriole
134 Pied Crow
135 Red Wing Starling
136 Blue Eared Starling
137 House Sparrows
138 Pintailed Whydah
139 Yellow Canary
140 Arfican Citril
141 Streaky Seed Eater
142 Yellow Rumped Seed Eater
143 Long Tailed Widow Bird
144 Red Billed Fire Finch
145 Golden Breasted Bunting
146 Yellow Bishop
147 Common Fire Finch
148 Jamesons Fire Finch
149 Black & White Mannikin
150 Red Cheeked Cordon Bleu
151 Blue Capped Cordon Bleu
152 Yellow Bellied Waxbill
153 Indigo Bird
154 Purple Grenadier
155 Red Billed Oxpecker
156 White Headed Barbert
157 Lttle Grebe
158 Purple Heron
159 Yellow Billed Egret
160 Blacksmith Plover
161 White Bellid Bustard (visitor)
162 Blue Naped Mousebird
163 Schalows Wheatear
164 Capped Wheatear
165 Cliff Chat
166 Bare Eyed Thrush
167 Paradise Flycatcher
168 Little Yellow Flycatcher
169 Chestnut Cap Flycatcher
170 Grey Cuckoo Shrike(visits)
171 Grey Tit
172 Black Faced Waxbill
173 Paradise Whydah (visits)
174 Cardinal Quelea
175 Superb Starling
176 African Golden Oriole
177 Yellow Billled Oxpecker
178 Yellow White Eye
179 Scarlet Turfted Malachite Sun
180 Purple Breated Sunbird
181 Amani Sunbird
182 Pigmy Long Tailed Sunbird
183 Common Waxbill
184 Masked Weaver
185 Black Necked Weaver
186 Banded Prinia
187 Tawny Flanked Prinia
188 Stout Cisticola
189 Singing Cisticola
190 Black Cuckoo Shrike
191 African Sand Martin
192 Black Roughwing Swallow
193 Banded Martin
194 Stipped Swallow
195 African Broadbill
196 Nubian Woodpecker
197 Little Swift
198 Horus Swift
199 White Rump Swift
200 Blue Breasted Bee Eater
201 Green Pigeon
202 Lemon Dove
203 Ross`s Turaco (visitor)
204 Cinnamon Chested Bee Eater
205 Stone Chat
206 Scaly Babbler
207 Jamesons Wattle Eye
208 Dusky Flycatcher
209 Blackcaped Tchagra
210 Black Lored Babbler
211 Ground Hornbill

This list is updated with sightings as reported from our bird watching guests.

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