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Birds in Fernkloof.

Although not as rich in bird-life as some areas in South Africa, almost 100 species have been recorded in the reserve.
Species most likely to be seen include the Cape Sugar Bird, Sunbirds, Rock Thrush and Rock Jumper. Raptors include the Jackal Buzzard and a pair of Verreaux's Eagles, the latter feeding mainly on dassies.
Limited areas of thick scrub and forest alongside streams support numbers of seed and insect-eating species such as the African Olive-Pigeon, Canaries, Flycatchers and White-eyes. The summer months herald the arrival of migrants of which the swallows and cuckoos are the most obvious.
Some birds are adapted to feeding on fynbos species such as proteas and ericas, and in this way play a vital role as pollinators.

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 African Goshawk, Afrikaanse Sperwer (Roberts 160) - Botanical name - Accipiter tachiro - Family -   1176  African Reed-Warbler,  Kleinrietsanger,  (Roberts 631) - Botanical name - Acrocephalus baeticatus - Family -   1605  Lesser Swamp-warbler ,  Kaapse rietsanger,  (Roberts 635) - Botanical name - Acrocephalus gracilirostris - Family -   1630  Common Sandpiper, Gewone Ruiter,   (Roberts 264) - Botanical name - Actitis hypoleucos - Family -   1626  Malachite Kingfisher, Kuifkopvisvanger (Roberts 431) - Botanical name - Alcedo cristata - Family -   1163
 Egyptian Goose, Kolgans, (Roberts 102) - Botanical name - Alopochen aegyptiacus - Family -   1185  Black Crake, Swartriethaan,  (Roberts 213) - Botanical name - Amaurornis flavirostris - Family -   1624  Cape Shoveller, Kaapse Slopeend,  (Roberts 112) - Botanical name - Anas  smithii	 - Family -   1623  Cape Teal,  Teeleend,  (Roberts 106) - Botanical name - Anas capensis - Family -   1608  Red  Billed Teal, Rooibekeend, (Roberts 108) - Botanical name - Anas erythrorhyncha - Family -   1622
 Yellow-billed Duck,  Geelbek Eend,  (Roberts 104) - Botanical name - Anas undulate - Family -   1615  Sombre Greenbul, Gewone Willie (Roberts 572) - Botanical name - Andropadus importunus - Family -   1170  Orange Breasted Sunbird, Oranjeborssuikerbekkie (Roberts 777) - Botanical name - Anthobaphes violacea - Family -   1183  Barthroated Apalis, Bandkeelkleinjantjie (Roberts 645) - Botanical name - Apalis thoracica - Family -   1154  Whiterumped Swift, Witkruiswindswael (Roberts 415) - Botanical name - Apus caffer - Family -   1155
 Verreaux's Eagle, Witkruisarend (Roberts 131) - Botanical name - Aquila verreauxii - Family -   1173  Grey Heron,  Bloureier,   (Roberts 62) - Botanical name - Ardea cinerea - Family -   1573  Black-headed Heron,  Swartkopreier,  (Roberts 63) - Botanical name - Ardea melanocephala - Family -   1574  Cape Batis, Kaapse Bosbontrokkie (Roberts 700) - Botanical name - Batis capensis - Family -   1136  Hadeda Ibis (Roberts 94) - Botanical name - Bostrychia hagedash - Family -   1142
 Little Rush-warbler, Kaapse vleisanger,   R638 - Botanical name - Bradypterus baboecala - Family -   1604  Victorins Warbler , Rooiborsruigtesanger (Roberts 641) - Botanical name - Bradypterus victorini - Family -   1149  Spotted Eagle-Owl, Gevlekte Ooruil (Roberts 401) - Botanical name - Bubo africanus - Family -   1167  Cattle Egret ,   Veereier ,  (Roberts 71) - Botanical name - Bubulcus ibis - Family -   1578  Spotted Thick-knee, Gewone Dikkop (Roberts 297) - Botanical name - Burhinus capensis - Family -   1187
  Water Thick-knee, Waterdikkop,  (Roberts 298) - Botanical name - Burhinus vermiculatus - Family -   1577  Jackel Buzzard, RooiborsjakkalsvoŽl (Roberts 152) - Botanical name - Buteo rufofuscus - Family -   1169  Steppe Buzzard,   BruinjakkalsvoŽl  (Roberts 149) - Botanical name - Buteo vulpinus - Family -   1580  Little Stint, Kleinstrandloper,  (Roberts 274) - Botanical name - Calidris  minuta - Family -   1628  Curlew Sandpiper, Krombekstrandloper, (Roberts 272) - Botanical name - Calidris ferruginea - Family -   1627
 Black Cuckoo Shrike, Swartkatakoeroe (Roberts 538) - Botanical name - Campephaga flava - Family -   1147  Fierynecked Nightjar, Afrikaanse Naguil (Roberts 405) - Botanical name - Caprimulgus pectoralis - Family -   1171  Burchel - Botanical name - Centropus burchellii - Family -   1166  Familiar Chat,  Gewone Spekvreter,  (Roberts 589) - Botanical name - Cercomela familiaris - Family -   1610  Pied Kingfisher,   Bontvisvanger,   (Roberts 428) - Botanical name - Ceryle rudis - Family -   1593
 Cape Rockjumper, Kaapse Berglyster (Roberts 611) - Botanical name - Chaetops frenatus - Family -   1181  WHITE FRONTED PLOVER   Vaalstrandkiewiet   R246 - Botanical name - Charadrius  marginatus - Family -   1619  Kittlitzís Plover, Geelborsstrandkiewiet, (Roberts 248) - Botanical name - Charadrius  pecuarius - Family -   1625  Three-banded Plover,  Driebandstrandkiewiet,  (Roberts 249) - Botanical name - Charadrius tricollaris - Family -   1584  Diederik Cuckoo, Diederikkie (Roberts 386) - Botanical name - Chrysococcyx caprius - Family -   1159
 Klaas's Cuckoo, Meitjie (Roberts 385) - Botanical name - Chrysococcyx klaas - Family -   1168  Southern Double-Collared Sunbird, Klein-rooibandsuikerbekkie (Roberts 783) - Botanical name - Cinnyris chalybea - Family -   1139  Black Harrier, Witkruisvleivalk (Roberts 168) - Botanical name - Circus maurus - Family -   1177  African Marsh-Harrier, Afrikaanse Vleivalk,  (Roberts 165) - Botanical name - Circus ranivorus - Family -   1186  Neddicky, Neddikkie, (Roberts 681) - Botanical name - Cisticola fulvicapillus - Family -   1188
 Greybacked Cisticola, Grysrugtinktinkie (Roberts 669) - Botanical name - Cisticola subruficapillus - Family -   1157  Levaillantís Cisticola, Vleitintinkie,  (Roberts 677) - Botanical name - Cisticola tinniens - Family -   1631  Speckled Mousebird,   Gevlekte muisvoŽl,  (Roberts 424) - Botanical name - Colius striatus - Family -   1592  African Olive-pigeon, Geelbekbosduif (Roberts 350) - Botanical name - Columba arquatrix - Family -   79  Speckled Pigeon, Kransduif,  (Roberts 349) - Botanical name - Columba guinea - Family -   89
 Pied Crow, Witborskraai (Roberts 548) - Botanical name - Corvus albus - Family -   1178  Cape Robin-chat, Janfrederik (Roberts 601) - Botanical name - Cossypha caffra - Family -   177  Redchested Cuckoo, Piet-my-vrou (Roberts 377) - Botanical name - Cuculus solitarius - Family -   1151  Cardinal Woodpecker, Kardinaalspeg (Roberts 486) - Botanical name - Dendropicos fuscescens - Family -   1161  Olive Woodpecker, Gryskopspeg (Roberts 488) - Botanical name - Dendropicos griseocephalus - Family -   1160
 Fork-tailed Drongo, Mikstertbyvanger (Roberts 541) - Botanical name - Dicrurus adsimilis - Family -   76  Blackshouldered Kite, Blouvalk (Roberts 127) - Botanical name - Elanus caeruleus - Family -   1175  Cape Bunting,  Rooivlerkstreepkoppie,  (Roberts 885) - Botanical name - Emberiza capensis - Family -   1607  Common Waxbill,  Rooibeksysie (Roberts 846) - Botanical name - Estrilda astrild - Family -   1189  Swee Waxbill, Suidelike Swie (Roberts 850) - Botanical name - Estrilda melanotis - Family -   1140
 Yellow Bishop,  Kaapse Flap,  (Roberts 827) - Botanical name - Euplectes capensis - Family -   1616  Southern Red Bishop, Rooivink,  (Roberts 824) - Botanical name - Euplectes orix - Family -   1632  Peregrine Falcon, Swerfvalk (Roberts 171) - Botanical name - Falco peregrinus - Family -   1174  Rock Kestrel,   Kransrooivalk,  (Roberts 181) - Botanical name - Falco rupicolis - Family -   1613  Red-knobbed Coot,   Bleshoender,   (Roberts 228) - Botanical name - Fulica cristata - Family -   1582
 Common Moorhen,  Grootwaterhoender, (Roberts 226) - Botanical name - Gallinula chloropus - Family -   1609  Ground Woodpecker, Grondspeg  (Roberts 480) - Botanical name - Geocolaptes olivaceus - Family -   1162  African Black Oystercatcher,  Swarttobie,  (Roberts 244) - Botanical name - Haematopus moquini - Family -   1583  Brown-Hooded Kingfisher,  Bruinkopvisvanger, (Roberts 435) - Botanical name - Halcyon albiventris - Family -   1633  African Fish-Eagle, Visarend, (Roberts 148) - Botanical name - Haliaeetus vocifer - Family -   1179
 Black-winged Stilt,   Rooipootelsie,  (Roberts 295) - Botanical name - Himantopus himantopus - Family -   1600  White Throated Swallow,   Witkeelswael,  (Roberts 520) - Botanical name - Hirundo albigularis - Family -   1594  Greater Striped Swallow,   Grootstreepswael,  (Roberts 526) - Botanical name - Hirundo cucullata - Family -   1595  Rock Martin,  Kransswael,  (Roberts 529) - Botanical name - Hirundo fuligula - Family -   1603  Barn Swallow, (European) ,  Europese Swael,  (Roberts 518) - Botanical name - Hirundo rustica - Family -   1606
 Lesser Honeyguide,  Klein Heuningwyser,   (Roberts 476) - Botanical name - Indicator minor - Family -   1612  Southern Boubou Shrike, Suidelike Waterfiskaal (Roberts 736) - Botanical name - Laniarius ferrugineus - Family -   1148  Common Fiscal,  Fiskaallaksman, (Roberts 732) - Botanical name - Lanius collaris - Family -   78  Grey-Headed Gull,  Gryskopmeeu,   (R315) - Botanical name - Larus cirrocephalus - Family -   1636  Hartlaub's Gull, Hartlaubse meeu,  (Roberts 316) - Botanical name - Larus hartlaubii - Family -   1588
 Cape Gull,  Grootswartrugmeeu,   (Roberts 312) - Botanical name - Larus vetula - Family -   1587  Giant Kingfisher,  Reuse Visvanger,  (Roberts 429) - Botanical name - Megaceryle maxima - Family -   1611  Cape Rock-Thrush, Kaapse Kliplyster (Roberts 581) - Botanical name - Monticola rupestris - Family -   173  Cape Wagtail, Gewone Kwikkie (Roberts 713) - Botanical name - Motacilla capensis - Family -   1131  African Dusky Flycatcher, DonkervlieŽvanger (Roberts 690) - Botanical name - Muscicapa adusta - Family -   1146
 Malachite Sunbird, Jangroentjie (Roberts 775) - Botanical name - Nectarinia famosa - Family -   1182  Helmeted Guineafowl, Gewone Tarentaal (Roberts 203) - Botanical name - Numida meleagris - Family -   1184  Red Winged Starling, Rooivlerkspreeu (Roberts 769) - Botanical name - Onychognathus morio - Family -   1138  Cape Sparrow, Gewone Mossie (Roberts 803) - Botanical name - Passer melanurus - Family -   1134  Greater Flamingo,   Grootflamink,  (Roberts 96) - Botanical name - Phoenicopterus ruber - Family -   1579
 African Spoonbill,   Lepelaar,  (Roberts 95) - Botanical name - Platalea alba - Family -   1576  Spur Winged Goose, Wildemakou (Roberts 116) - Botanical name - Plectropterus gambensis - Family -   1180  Cape Weaver, Kaapse Wewer (Roberts 813) - Botanical name - Ploceus capensis - Family -   1141  Southern Masked Weaver,   Swartkeelgeelvink,  (Roberts 814) - Botanical name - Ploceus vetalus - Family -   1598  African Harrier-Hawk, Kaalwangvalk,  (Roberts 169) - Botanical name - Polyboroides typus - Family -   1637
 Spotted Prinia, Karoolangstertjie (Roberts 686) - Botanical name - Prinia maculosa - Family -   1133  Cape Sugarbird, Kaapse SuikervoŽl (Roberts 773) - Botanical name - Promerops cafer - Family -   81  Black Saw-wing, Swartsaagvlerkswael, (Roberts 536) - Botanical name - Psalidoprocne holomelaena - Family -   1602  Cape Siskin, Kaapse Pietjiekanarie(Roberts 874) - Botanical name - Pseudochloroptila totta - Family -   1143  Cape Spurfowl,  Kaapse Fisant ,  (Roberts 195) - Botanical name - Pternistes capensis - Family -   1084
 Cape Bulbul, Kaapse Tiptol (Roberts 566) - Botanical name - Pycnonotus capensis - Family -   1135  Pied Avocet, Bontelsie,  (R294) - Botanical name - Recurvirostra avosetta - Family -   1635  Secretary Bird, SekretarisvoŽl (Roberts 118) - Botanical name - Sagittarius serpentarius - Family -   1172  Redchested Flufftail, Rooiborsvleikuiken (Roberts 217) - Botanical name - Sarothrura rufa - Family -   1158  African Stonechat, Gewone Bontrokkie, (Roberts 342) - Botanical name - Saxicola torquata - Family -   172
 Hamerkop, Hamerkop,  (Roberts 81) - Botanical name - Scopus umbretta - Family -   1634  Cape Canary, Kaapse Kanarie (Roberts 872) - Botanical name - Serinus canicollis - Family -   1137  Brimstone Canary,   Dikbekkanarie,  (Roberts 877) - Botanical name - Serinus sulphuratus - Family -   1599  Fiscal Flycatcher,   FiskaalvlieŽvanger,   (Roberts 698) - Botanical name - Sigelus sileus - Family -   1596  Cape Grassbird, GrasvoŽl, (Roberts 661) - Botanical name - Sphenoeacus afer - Family -   77
 Swift Tern,   Geelbeksterretjie,  (Roberts 324) - Botanical name - Sterna bergii - Family -   1590  Caspian Tern,  Reusesterretjie,  (Roberts 322) - Botanical name - Sterna caspia - Family -   1589  Sandwich Tern,   Grootsterretjie,  (Roberts 326) - Botanical name - Sterna sandvicensis - Family -   1591  Cape Turtle-Dove, Gewone Tortelduif,  (Roberts 354) - Botanical name - Streptopelia capicola - Family -   80  Redeyed Dove, Grootringduif (Roberts 352) - Botanical name - Streptopelia semitorquata - Family -   1165
 Laughing Dove, Rooiborsduifie (Roberts 355) - Botanical name - Streptopelia senegalensis - Family -   1164  European Starling,   Europese swael,  (Roberts 757) - Botanical name - Sturnus vulgaris - Family -   1597  Southern Tchagra,  Grysborstjagra,  (Roberts 742) - Botanical name - Tchagra tchagra - Family -   1614  Bokmakierie (Roberts 746) - Botanical name - Telophorus zeylonus - Family -   1144  African Paradise-Flycatcher, ParadysvlieŽvanger (Roberts 710) - Botanical name - Terpsiphone viridis - Family -   1152
 Sacred Ibis,  SkoorsteenveŽr,   (Roberts 91) - Botanical name - Threskiornis aethiopicus - Family -   1575  Greenshank,   Groenpootruiter,  (Roberts 270) - Botanical name - Tringa nebularia - Family -   1586  Olive thrush,Olyflyster (Roberts 577) - Botanical name - Turdus olivaceus - Family -   34  African Hoopoe, Hoephoep(Roberts 451) - Botanical name - Upupa africana - Family -   1150  Red-faced Mousebird, RooiwangmuisvoŽl, (Roberts 426) - Botanical name - Urocolius indicus - Family -   1629
 Blacksmith Plover, (Lapwing)   Bontkiewiet,   (Roberts 258) - Botanical name - Vanellus armatus - Family -   1585  Pintailed Whydah, Koningrooibekkie (Roberts 860) - Botanical name - Vidua macroura - Family -   1145  Cape White-eye, Kaapse Glasogie (Roberts 796) - Botanical name - Zosterops pallidus - Family -   1132

          

          

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