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Malolotja

Malolotja Nature Reserve - Birds

More than 280 species of birds have been recorded from Malolotja and the reserve is particularly important for breeding groups of endangered species, such as the blue swallow, blue crane, bald ibis and Stanley's bustard. Only two breeding colonies of the bald ibis exist in Swaziland, and one of these is found inside the reserve. This colony, located on the cliffs above the Malolotja Falls, is increasing in size and for the last two years a record eighteen chicks have been raised by the breeding birds. These birds have been known to breed, in small groups of one or two pairs, at two other localities in the reserve.

Many other rare species are to be found in the reserve in a variety of specialised habitats. The bog and vlei systems are home to striped flufftails, blackrumped buttonquails and blue cranes; the streams and riverbanks to giant, malachite and halfcollared kingfishers and the African finfoot; the high protea woodland to sunbirds and Gurney's sugarbirds; the short grassland to blue swallows, anteating chats, blackwinged plovers and Stanley's bustard; and the rock outcrops to sentinel rock thrushes, buffstreaked chats and ground woodpeckers. As one descends into the valleys one finds a greater proportion of middleveld species, including some gems like green pigeons, Knysna and purplecrested louries, little bee-eaters, plumcoloured starlings, coucals and bushshrikes.

Orange throated
Longclaw
Orange throated longclaw Longclaw nest Longclaw nest

Priority species:

Status Scientific Name Common Name
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Ciconia ciconia
Ciconia nigra
Geronticus calvus
Gyps coprotheres
Aviceda cuculoides
Turnix hottentotta
Anthropoides paradisea
Sarothrura affinis
Podica senegalensis
Neotis denhami
Tyto capensis
Geocolaptes olivaceus
Hirundo atrocaerulea
Delichon urbica
Oenanthe bifasciata
Schoenicola brevirostris
White stork
Black stork
Bald ibis
Cape vulture
Cuckoo hawk
Blackrumped buttonquail
Blue crane
Striped flufftail
African finfoot
Stanley's bustard
Grass owl
Ground woodpecker
Blue swallow
House martin
Buffstreaked chat
Broadtailed warbler

Key to conservation status codes


E
V
R
I
O


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Southern African Red Data Book species
Endangered
Vulnerable
Rare
Indeterminate
Out of danger

Species not included in the above categories which are:
regionally important species, rare in Swaziland or restricted distributions
Swaziland endemics

# species possibly occurs

Bird checklist


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