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Birds of Kloof

Kloof is a veritable treasure trove for keen birders. 253 species have been recorded in the area including the illusive Narina Trogn, the raucous Trumpeter Hornbill (the bird in our logo!) and the majestic African Crowned Eagle who have a number of nesting sites in the Kloof Gorge.

Green Wood-Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)

Green Wood-Hoopoe
(Phoeniculus purpureus)

Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus)

Little Bee-eater
(Merops pusillus)

Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens

Cardinal Woodpecker
Dendropicos fuscescens

Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)

Woolly-necked Stork
(Ciconia episcopus)

 Bird List

The full list of birds found in Kloof can be downloaded here: Download Bird List

Acknowledgement & thanks: The list was originated as part of the Southern Africa Bird Atlas Project 2 – a joint project of the South African National Bio-diversity Institute and Birdlife South Africa. The project is managed and run by the Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town and Birdlife South Africa. The observations were recorded by 21 observers in the Kloof/Hillcrest area over the period : September 2007 – May 2011.

Thanks also to Dave Bishop for assisting with advice, checking and editing of details

Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix)

Knysna Turaco
(Tauraco corythaix)

Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina)

Narina Trogon
(Apaloderma narina)

African Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)

African Crowned Eagle
(Stephanoaetus coronatus)

Bird of the Year 2016

The Bird of the Year for 2016 is the Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius)

Sociable Weaver Sociable Weaver Nest Sociable weavers


Unfortunately you will not find the Sociable Weaver in the Kloof area but that many of our members who travel to the arid regions of the country will know it well.

The Sociable Weaver is an icon of southern Africa’s arid zones, and one of the drawcards that bring people to visit the Kalahari and their nests are very commonly seen on telephone poles along the roadsides. They are small birds with big personalities, and a complex social life, living in colonies that can be hundreds strong. Colonies are like villages, made up of nuclear families organised into close-knit societies with strict social hierarchies.

The weaver family has many species and in our area we are more familiar with the Thick-billed weaver (nesting in Memorial Park), Village Weaver, Cape Weaver, Southern Masked Weaver, Yellow Weaver, Dark-backed Weaver and the Spectacled Weaver.

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Thick-billed Weaver Thick-billed Weaver nest Dark-backed Weaver
Village Weaver colony Molweni Village Weaver Southern Masked Weaver



The poster for the Bird of the Year 2016 will be available from BirdLifeSA most probably in March.

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