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Malolotja Nature Reserve - Bird Checklist
Accipitridae - Eagles, hawks, buzzards, kites, vultures
122. Cape Vulture
(Cape vulture )
(Gyps coprotheres )

126. Black Kite
(Black kite )
(Milvus migrans migrans )

126. Yellow-billed Kite
(Yellowbilled kite )
(Milvus migrans parasitus )
Widespread summer migrant, recorded throughout the reserve.
Highveld grassland
Highveld grassland
Nkomati River
Mixed woodlands, thicket and thornveld
127. Black-shouldered Kite
(Blackshouldered kite )
(Elanus caeruleus )
Widespread resident, commonest in the highveld grasslands.
Highveld grassland
128. African Cuckoo Hawk
(Cuckoo hawk )
(Aviceda cuculoides )
Rare resident of the Forbes Reef forest.
Exotic forest and thicket
131. Verreaux's Eagle
(Black eagle )
(Aquila verreauxii )
Uncommon visitor, seen in the vicinities of Nkomati and Malolotja Rivers.
Rock/cliff faces
139. Long-crested Eagle
(Longcrested eagle )
(Lophaetus occipitalis )

141. African Crowned Eagle
(Crowned eagle )
(Stephanoaetus coronatus )
Uncommon resident of forested areas. Seen in the Malolotja Valley.
Forested gorges
142. Brown Snake-Eagle
(Brown snake eagle )
(Circaetus cinereus )
Uncommon visitor, recorded from the Malolotja Valley area.
Rocky hillsides with scattered trees
Mixed woodlands, thicket and thornveld
143. Black-chested Snake-Eagle
(Blackbreasted snake eagle )
(Circaetus gallicus )
Rare visitor to Malolotja and Nkomati Rivers.
Mixed woodlands, thicket and thornveld
148. African Fish-Eagle
(African fish eagle )
(Haliaeetus vocifer )
Uncommon visitor to the Malolotja and Nkomati Rivers.
Nkomati River
149. Steppe Buzzard
(Steppe buzzard )
(Buteo buteo )
Uncommon summer migrant, recorded throughout.
Highveld grassland
152. Jackal Buzzard
(Jackal buzzard )
(Buteo rufofuscus )
Common resident of mountainous areas, recorded throughout the reserve.
Highveld grassland
Rocky hillsides with scattered trees
Rock/cliff faces
154. Lizard Buzzard
(Lizard buzzard )
(Kaupifalco monogrammicus )
Uncommon visitor, recorded in the Malolotja Valley.
Forested gorges
Mixed woodlands, thicket and thornveld
Rocky hillsides with scattered trees
Exotic forest and thicket
155. Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk
(Redbreasted sparrowhawk )
(Accipiter rufiventris )
Rare resident, recorded at Forbes Reef.
Exotic forest and thicket
158. Black Sparrowhawk
(Black sparrowhawk )
(Accipiter melanoleucus )
Rare resident of woodlands.
Rocky hillsides with scattered trees
Mixed woodlands, thicket and thornveld
159. Shikra
(Little banded goshawk )
(Accipiter badius )

160. African Goshawk
(African goshawk )
(Accipiter tachiro )
Uncommon resident recorded in the Malolotja Valley.
Rocky hillsides with scattered trees
Mixed woodlands, thicket and thornveld
165. African Marsh-Harrier
(African marsh harrier )
(Circus ranivorus )
Common resident, seen in vlei systems.
Vleis, dams and rivers
169. African Harrier-Hawk
(Gymnogene )
(Polyboroides typus )
Common resident, recorded widely.
Rocky hillsides with scattered trees
Mixed woodlands, thicket and thornveld
Forested gorges



Families:



Podicipediformes
Podicipedidae - Grebes

Pelecaniformes
Phalacrocoracidae - Cormorants
Anhingidae - Darters

Ciconiiformes
Ardeidae - Herons, egrets, bitterns
Scopidae - Hamerkop
Ciconiidae - Storks
Plataleidae - Ibises and spoonbills

Anseriformes
Anatidae - Ducks, geese, swans

Falconiformes
Sagittariidae - Secretarybird
Accipitridae - Eagles, hawks, buzzards, kites, vultures
Falconidae - Falcons and kestrels

Galliformes
Phasianidae - Francolins and quail
Numididae - Guineafowl

Gruiformes
Turnicidae - Buttonquails
Gruidae - Cranes
Rallidae - Rails, crakes, moorhens, coots, etc.
Heliornithidae - Finfoots
Otididae - Bustards and korhaans

Charadriiformes
Jacanidae - Jacanas
Charardriidae - Plovers
Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, stints, snipes, etc.
Burhinidae - Dikkops
Glareolidae - Coursers and pratincoles

Columbiformes
Columbidae - Pigeons and doves

Musophagiformes
Musophagidae - Louries

Cuculiformes
Cuculidae - Cuckoos and coucals

Strigiformes
Tytonidae - Barn and grass owls
Strigidae - Typical Owls

Caprimulgiformes
Caprimulgidae - Nightjars

Apodiformes
Apodidae - Swifts

Coliiformes
Coliidae - Mousebirds

Trogoniformes
Trogonidae - Trogons

Alcediniformes
Alcedinidae - Kingfishers
Meropidae - Bee-eaters

Coraciiformes
Coraciidae - Rollers
Upupidae - Hoopoe
Bucerotidae - Hornbills

Piciformes
Capitonidae - Barbets
Indicatoridae - Honeyguides
Picidae - Woodpeckers
Jyngidae - Wrynecks
Alaudidae - Larks
Hirundinidae - Swallows and martins
Campephagidae - Cuckooshrikes
Dicruridae - Drongos
Oriolidae - Old-World Orioles
Corvidae - Crows and ravens
Paridae - Tits
Pycnonotidae - Bulbuls
Turdidae - Thrushes, chats, robins
Sylviidae - Warblers, apalises, cisticolas, etc.
Muscicapidae - Flycatchers and batises
Motacillidae - Wagtails, pipits and longclaws
Laniidae - Shrikes
Malaconotidae - Bush shrikes
Prionopidae - Helmetshrikes
Sturnidae - Starlings and mynas
Promeropidae - Sugarbirds
Nectariniidae - Sunbirds
Zosteropidae - White-eyes
Ploceidae - Sparrows, weavers, bishops, widows, queleas
Estrildidae - Waxbills, mannikins, twinspots, firefinches, etc.
Viduidae - Whydahs and widowfinches
Fringillidae - Canaries and buntings



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