Birding in Bedford

Last Updated: September 2016

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About Birding in Bedford

If you are interested in a birding trip to our area, we recommend you contact Ernest and Anne Pringle (Huntly Glen Farm: epringle@eastcape.net 046 685 0710).

There is an abundance of birdlife in the Bedford district: our current bird list stands at 257. Please let us know if you can add to this!   NOTE: Where a bird name has changed, the older name (or part of it) appears in brackets after the current name. To help in identification we have also quoted Roberts’ numbers.   

The original list (compiled by Mrs W Howe) was updated and augmented by Helen Falck and Catherine Knox in July 2008.    

Please email comments and additional sightings to info@bedford-gardens.co.za 

 


 

 

Bedford Area Bird List

Acacia Pied Barbet 465

African Black Duck 105

African Black Swift 412

African Crowned Eagle 141

African Cuckoo 375

African Darter 60

African Dusky Flycatcher 690

African Finfoot 229

African Firefinch (Blue-billed Firefinch 840

African Fish Eagle 148

African Goshawk 160

African Harrier-Hawk (Gymnogene) 169

African Hoopoe 451

African Jacana 240

African Olive-Pigeon (Rameron Pigeon) 350

African Paradise-Flycatcher 710

African Pipit (Grasssveld Pipit) 716

African Quailfinch 852

African Sacred Ibis 91

African Scops-Owl 396

African Snipe (Ethiopian Snipe) 286

African Spoonbill 95

African Stonechat 596

Alpine Swift 418

Amethyst Sunbird (Black Sunbird) 792

Ant-eating Chat 595

Barn Owl 392

Barn Swallow (European Swallow) 518

Barrow’s Korhaan (White-bellied Korhaan) 233

Bar-throated Apalis 645

Black Cuckoo 378

Black Cuckooshrike 538

Black Harrier 168

Black Kite 126a

Black Saw-wing 536

Black Sparrowhawk 158

Black-backed Puffback (Puff-backed Shrike) 740

Black-collared Barbet 464

Black-crowned Tchagra 744

Black-headed Heron 63

Black-headed Oriole 545

Black-necked Grebe 7

Black-shouldered Kite 127

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) 258

Black-throated Canary 870

Black-winged Lapwing (Plover) 257

Black-winged Stilt 295

Blue Crane 208

Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher 708

Bokmakierie 746

Booted Eagle 136

Brown-hooded Kingfisher 435

Brown-throated Martin 533

Buff-spotted Flufftail 218

Burchell’s Coucal 391a

Cape Batis 700

Cape Canary 872

Cape Crow (Black Crow) 547

Cape Glossy Starling 764

Cape Long-billed Lark 500

Cape Longclaw (Orange-throated Longclaw)727

Cape Robin-Chat (Robin) 601

Cape Rock-Thrush 581

Cape Shoveler 112

Cape Sparrow 803

Cape Teal 106

Cape Turtle-Dove 354

Cape Vulture 122

Cape Wagtail 713

Cape Weaver 813

Cape White-eye 796

Cardinal Woodpecker 486

Caspian Tern 322

Cattle Egret 71

Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler 621

Chinspot Batis 701

Chorister Robin-Chat (Robin) 598

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Rock Bunting) 886

Cloud Cisticola 666

Collared Sunbird 793

Common Fiscal Shrike 732

Common Greenshank 270

Common House-Martin 530

Common Moorhen 226

Common Ostrich 1

Common Quail 200

Common Ringed Plover 245

Common Sandpiper 264

Common Starling (European Starling) 757

Common Swift (European Swift) 411

Common Waxbill 846

Crowned Hornbill 460

Crowned Lapwing (Plover) 255

Curlew Sandpiper 272

Dark-backed Weaver (Forest Weaver) 808

Dark-capped Bulbul (Black-eyed Bulbul) 568

Denham’s Bustard (Stanley’s Bustard) 231

Diederik Cuckoo 386

Dusky Indigobird (Black Widow Finch) 864

Eastern Clapper Lark

Egyptian Goose 102

Emerald-spotted Dove (Green-spotted) 358

European Bee-eater 438

Familiar Chat 589

Fan-tailed Widowbird (Red-shouldered Widow)828

Fiery-necked Nightjar 405

Fiscal Flycatcher 698

Fork-tailed Drongo 541

Gabar Goshawk 161

Giant Eagle-Owl 402

Giant Kingfisher 429

Glossy Ibis 93

Golden-breasted Bunting 884

Great Crested Grebe 6

Great Egret (Great White Egret) 66

Great Spotted Cuckoo 380

Greater Double-collared Sunbird 785

Greater Honeyguide 474

Greater Striped Swallow 526

Green Wood-Hoopoe (Red-billed) 452

Green-backed Camaroptera (Bleating Warbler)657

Grey Crowned Crane 209

Grey Heron 62

Grey-backed Sparrowlark (Finchlark) 516

Grey-headed Bush-Shrike 751

Grey-headed Gull 315

Grey-winged Francolin 190

Hadeda Ibis 94

Half-collared Kingfisher 430

Hamerkop 81

Helmeted Guineafowl 203

Horus Swift 416

Hottentot Teal 107

House Sparrow 801

Jackal Buzzard 152

Jacobin Cuckoo 382

Karoo Korhaan 235

Karoo Prinia (Spotted prinia) 686a

Kittlitz’s Plover 248

Klaas’s Cuckoo 385

Knysna Turaco (Lourie) 370

Knysna Woodpecker 484

Kori Bustard 230

Lanner Falcon 172

Large-billed Lark (Thick-billed Lark) 512

Laughing Dove 355

Lesser Honeyguide 476

Lesser Moorhen 227

Lesser Striped Swallow 527

Lesser Swamp-Warbler (Cape Reed Warbler)635

Little Bittern 78

Little Egret 67

Little Grebe (Dabchick) 8

Little Sparrowhawk 157

Little Stint 274

Little Swift 417

Long-billed Pipit 717

Long-crested Eagle 139

Long-tailed Widowbird 832

Maccao Duck 117

Malachite Kingfisher 431

Malachite Sunbird 775

Marsh Sandpiper 269

Martial Eagle 140

Melodious Lark 492

Mocking Cliff-Chat 593

Mountain Wagtail (Long-tailed) 712

Namaqua Dove 356

Narina Trogon 427

Neddicky 681

Olive Thrush 577

Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike 748

Osprey 170

Pearl-breasted Swallow 523

Pied Avocet (Avocet) 294

Pied Crow 548

Pied Kingfisher 428

Pied Starling 759

Pin-tailed Whydah 860

Plain-backed Pipit 718

Red-billed Quelea 821

Red-billed Teal 108

Red-capped Lark 507

Red-chested Cuckoo 377

Red-chested Flufftail 217

Red-collared Widowbird 831

Red-eyed Dove 352

Red-faced Mousebird 426

Red-fronted Tinkerbird 469

Red-knobbed Coot 228

Red-necked Spur-fowl (Francolin) 198

Red-throated Wryneck 489

Red-winged Francolin 192

Red-winged Starling 769

Reed Cormorant 58

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) 348

Rock Kestrel 181

Rock Martin 529

Ruff 284

Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk (Red-breasted)155

Rufous-naped Lark 494

Sabota Lark 498

Secretarybird 118

Sombre Greenbul (Bulbul) 572

South African Shelduck 103

Southern Black Flycatcher 694

Southern Black Korhaan 239a

Southern Black Tit 554

Southern Boubou 736

Southern Double-collared Sunbird 783

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow 804

Southern Ground-Hornbill 463

Southern Masked-Weaver 814

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk 162

Southern Pochard 113

Southern Tchagra 742

Speckled Mousebird 424

Speckled Pigeon (Rock Pigeon) 349

Spectacled Weaver 810

Spike-heeled Lark 506

Spotted Eagle-Owl 401

Spotted Thick-knee (Dikkop) 297

Spur-winged Goose 116

Steppe Buzzard 149

Streaky-headed Canary 881

Swee Waxbill 850

Tambourine Dove 359

Terrestrial Brownbul (Bulbul) 569

Thick-billed Weaver 807

Three-banded Plover 249

Verreaux’s Eagle (Black Eagle) 131

Village Weaver (Spotted-backed Weaver) 811

Wailing Cisticola 670

Whiskered Tern 338

White Stork 83

White-backed Duck 101

White-backed Mousebird 425

White-breasted Cormorant 55

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver 799

White-faced Duck 99

White-necked Raven 550

White-rumped Swift 415

White-throated Swallow 520

White-winged Tern 339

Willow Warbler 643

Wing-snapping Cisticola (Ayres’ Cisticola) 667

Wood Sandpiper 266

Yellow Bishop (Yellow-rumped Widow) 827

Yellow-billed Duck 104

Yellow-billed Egret 68

Yellow-billed Kite 126

Yellow-breasted Apalis 648

Yellow-crowned Bishop (Golden Bishop) 826

Yellow-fronted Canary (Yellow-eyed Canary) 869

Yellow-throated Petronia (Sparrow) 805

Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler 644

Zitting Cisticola (Fantailed Cisticola) 664