Leisure Bay Bird List

List of birds seen and identified by residents of and visitors to Leisure Bay. Please let us know of any other birds that tou have seen in Leisure Bay that are not on the list. e-mail me at botharandalls@gmail.com


Alphabetical Name

Full  Name

Scientific Name

Previous Name

Barbet, Black-collared 

Black-collared Barbet

Lybius torquatus


Barbet, White-eared 

White-eared Barbet

Stactolaema leucotis


Boubou, Southern 

Southern Boubou

Laniarius ferrugineus


Brownbul, Terrestrial 

Terrestrial Brownbul

Phyllastrephus terrestris

Terrestrial Bulbul

Bulbul, Dark-capped 

Dark-capped Bulbul

Pycnonotus tricolor

Black-eyed Bulbul

Bush-shrike, Grey-headed 

Grey-headed Bush-Shrike

Malaconotus blanchoti


Bush-shrike, Olive 

Olive Bush-Shrike

Chlorophoneus olivaceus


Bustard, Denham’s 

Denham’s Bustard

Neotis denhami

Stanley's Bustard

Canary, Yellow-fronted

Yellow-fronted Canary

Crithagra mozambica


Camaroptera, Green-backed

Bleating Bush warbler

Camaroptera brachyura


Cormorant, Cape 

Cape Cormorant

Phalacrocorax capensis


Cormorant, Reed 

Reed Cormorant

Microcarbo africanus


Cormorant, White-breasted 

White-breasted Cormorant

Phalacrocorax lucidus


Coucal, Burchell’s 

Burchell’s Coucal

Centropus burchellii


Cuckoo, Black 

Black Cuckoo

Cuculus clamosus


Cuckoo, Diederik 

Diederik Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx caprius

Diederik Cuckoo

Cuckoo, Klaas’s 

Klaas's Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx klaas


Cuckoo, Red-chested 

Red-chested Cuckoo

Cuculus solitarius


Cuckooshrike, Black 

Black Cuckooshrike

Campephaga flava


Darter, African 

African Darter

Anhinga rufa


Dove, Cape Turtle (Ring-necked)

Cape Turtle (Ring-necked) Dove

Streptopelia capicola


Dove, Laughing 

Laughing Dove

Spilopelia senegalensis


Dove, Namaqua 

Namaqua Dove

Oena capensis


Dove, Red-eyed 

Red-eyed Dove

Streptopelia semitorquata


Dove, Tambourine 

Tambourine Dove

Turtur tympanistria


Drongo, Common Square-tailed 

Common Square-tailed Drongo

Dicrurus ludwigii


Drongo, Fork-tailed 

Fork-tailed Drongo

Dicrurus adsimilis


Duck, White-faced  Whistling

White-faced Whistling Duck

Dendrocygna viduata


Duck, Yellow-billed 

Yellow-billed Duck

Anas undulata


Eagle, African Fish

African Fish Eagle

Haliaeetus vocifer


Eagle, Black-chested Snake

Black-chested Snake Eagle

Circaetus pectoralis

Black-breasted Snake-Eagle

Eagle, Brown Snake

Brown Snake Eagle

Circaetus cinereus

Brown Snake Eagle

Eagle, Crowned

Crowned Eagle

Stephanoaetus coronatus

Crowned Eagle

Eagle, Long-crested 

Long-crested Eagle

Lophaetus occipitalis


Eagle, Martial 

Martial Eagle

Polemaetus bellicosus


Eagle, Southern Banded Snake

Southern Banded Snake Eagle

Circaetus fasciolatus

Southern Banded Snake Eagle

Egret, Little 

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta


Egret, Western Cattle 

Western Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis


Fiscal, Southern (Common) 

Southern (Common) Fiscal

Lanius collaris

Fiscal Shrike

Flufftail, Buff-spotted 

Buff-spotted Flufftail

Sarothrura elegans


Flycatcher, African Dusky

African Dusky Flycatcher

Muscicapa adusta

Dusky Flycatcher

Flycatcher, African Paradise

African Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone viridis

Paradise Flycatcher

Flycatcher, Ashy 

Ashy Flycatcher

Muscicapa caerulescens

Blue-grey Flycatcher

Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Crested

Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher

Trochocercus cyanomelas

Blue-mantled Flycatcher

Flycatcher, Southern Black

Southern Black flycatcher

Melaenornis pammelaina

Black Flycatcher

Francolin, Crested 

Crested Francolin

Dendroperdix sephaena


Gallinule, (American) Purple

(American) Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinica


Goose, Egyptian 

Egyptian Goose

Alopochen aegyptiaca


Goshawk, African 

African Goshawk

Accipiter tachiro


Grebe, Little 

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis


Greenbul, Sombre 

Sombre Greenbul

Andropadus importunus

Sombre Bulbul

Guineafowl, Helmeted 

Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris


Gull, Grey-headed 

Grey-headed Gull

Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus


Gull, Kelp 

Kelp Gull

Larus dominicanus




Scopus umbretta


Hawk, African Harrier-

African Harrier-Hawk

Polyboroides typus


Heron, Black 

Black Heron

Egretta ardesiaca

Black Egret

Heron, Black-headed 

Black-headed Heron

Ardea melanocephala


Heron, Green-backed (Striated)

Green-backed (Striated) Heron

Butorides striata


Heron, Grey 

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea


Heron, Squacco 

Squacco Heron

Ardeola ralloides


Honeyguide, Greater 

Greater Honeyguide

Indicator indicator


Honeyguide, Lesser 

Lesser Honeyguide

Indicator minor


Hoopoe, African 

African Hoopoe

Upupa africana


Hornbill, Crowned 

Crowned Hornbill

Lophoceros alboterminatus


Hornbill, Southern Ground-

Southern Ground-Hornbill

Bucorvus leadbeateri


Hornbill, Southern Yellow-billed

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Tockus leucomelas


Hornbill, Trumpeter 

Trumpeter Hornbill

Bycanistes bucinator


Hyliota, Southern 

Southern Hyliota

Hyliota australis

Mashona Hyliota

Ibis, African Sacred

African Sacred Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus

Sacred Ibis

Ibis, Hadeda (Hadada)

Hadeda (Hadada) Ibis

Bostrychia hagedash


Kingfisher, Brown-hooded 

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Halcyon albiventris


Kingfisher, Giant 

Giant Kingfisher

Megaceryle maxima


Kingfisher, Half-collared 

Half-collared Kingfisher

Alcedo semitorquata


Kingfisher, Malachite 

Malachite Kingfisher

Corythornis cristatus


Lapwing, Blacksmith 

Blacksmith Lapwing

Vanellus armatus

Blacksmith Plover

Longclaw, Cape 

Cape Longclaw

Macronyx capensis

Orange-throated Longclaw

Longclaw, Yellow-throated 

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Macronyx croceus


Mannikin, Bronze 

Bronze Mannikin

Spermestes cucullata


Mannikin, Red-backed 

Red-backed Mannikin

Spermestes nigriceps


Martin, Brown-throated 

Brown-throated Martin

Riparia paludicola


Myna, Common 

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Indian Myna

Nightjar, Fiery-necked 

Fiery-necked Nightjar

Caprimulgus pectoralis


Oriole, Black-headed 

Black-headed Oriole

Oriolus larvatus


Owl, African Wood

African Wood Owl

Strix woodfordii

Wood Owl

Owl, Spotted Eagle-

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Bubo africanus

Spotted Eagle Owl

Oystercatcher, African (Black)

African (Black) Oystercatcher

Haematopus moquini


Peafowl, Indian

Indian Peafowl

Pavo cristatus


Pigeon, Speckled

Speckled Pigeon

Columba guinea


Pigeon, African Green

African Green Pigeon

Treron calvus

Green Pigeon

Plover, Three-banded 

Three-banded Plover

Charadrius tricollaris


Plover, White-fronted 

White-fronted Plover

Charadrius marginatus


Prinia, Tawny-flanked 

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Prinia subflava


Puffback, Black-backed 

Black-backed Puffback

Dryoscopus cubla


Robin, Brown Scrub

Brown Scrub Robin

Cercotrichas signata

Brown Robin

Robin, White-starred

White-starred Robin

Pogonocichla stellata


Robin-chat, Chorister 

Chorister Robin-chat

Cossypha dichroa

Chorister Robin

Robin-chat, Red-capped 

Red-capped Robin-chat

Cossypha natalensis

Natal Robin

Saw-wing, Black 

Black Saw-wing

Psalidoprocne pristoptera

Black Saw-wing Swallow



Sagittarius serpentarius


Sparrow, House 

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus


Sparrow, Southern Grey-headed

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

Passer diffusus

Grey-headed Sparrow

Sparrowhawk, Little 

Little Sparrowhawk

Accipiter minullus


Spurfowl, Natal 

Natal Spurfowl

Pternistis natalensis

Natal Francolin

Starling, Black-bellied 

Black-bellied Starling

Notopholia corusca


Starling, Cape Glossy (Cape)

Cape Glossy (Cape) Starling

Lamprotornis nitens

Glossy Starling

Starling, Red-winged 

Red-winged Starling

Onychognathus morio


Stork, Woolly-necked 

Woolly-necked Stork

Ciconia episcopus


Sugarbird, Gurney’s 

Gurney’s Sugarbird

Promerops gurneyi


Sunbird, Collared 

Collared Sunbird

Hedydipna collaris


Sunbird, Greater Double-collared

Greater Double-collared Sunbird

Cinnyris afer


Sunbird, Olive 

Olive Sunbird

Cyanomitra olivacea


Swallow, Barn 

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

European Swallow

Swallow, Greater Striped

Greater Striped Swallow

Cecropis cucullata


Swallow, Lesser Striped

Lesser Striped Swallow

Cecropis abyssinica


Swallow, White-throated 

White-throated Swallow

Hirundo albigularis


Swift, Little 

Little Swift

Apus affinis


Swift, White-rumped 

White-rumped Swift

Apus caffer


Tern, Caspian 

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia


Tern, Common 

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo


Tern, Sandwich 

Sandwich Tern

Thalasseus sandvicensis


Tern, Swift  (Greater Crested)

Swift (Greater Crested) Tern

Thalasseus bergii


Thick-knee, Spotted 

Spotted Thick-knee

Burhinus capensis

Spotted Dikkop

Thick-knee, Water 

Water Thick-knee

Burhinus vermiculatus

Water Dikkop

Thrush, Kurrichane 

Kurrichane Thrush

Turdus libonyana


Thrush, Olive 

Olive Thrush

Turdus olivaceus


Thrush, Spotted Ground

Spotted Ground Thrush

Geokichla guttata

Spotted Thrush

Tinkerbird, Red-fronted 

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Pogoniulus pusillus

Red-fronted Tinker Barbet

Trogon, Narina 

Narina Trogon

Apaloderma narina


Turaco, Knysna 

Knysna Turaco

Tauraco corythaix

Knysna Lourie

Turaco, Purple-crested 

Purple-crested Turaco

Gallirex porphyreolophus

Purple-crested Lourie

Turnstone, Ruddy 

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres


Twinspot, Green

Green Twinspot

Mandingoa nitidula


Wagtail, African Pied

African Pied Wagtail

Motacilla aguimp


Wagtail, Cape 

Cape Wagtail

Motacilla capensis


Waxbill, Common 

Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrild


Waxbill, Grey 

Grey Waxbill

Glaucestrilda perreini


Weaver, Cape 

Cape Weaver

Ploceus capensis


Weaver, Dark-backed 

Dark-backed Weaver

Ploceus bicolor

Forest Weaver

Weaver, Spectacled 

Spectacled Weaver

Ploceus ocularis


Weaver, Thick-billed 

Thick-billed Weaver

Amblyospiza albifrons


Weaver, Village 

Village Weaver

Ploceus cucullatus

Spotted-backed Weaver

Weaver, Yellow (Eastern Golden)

Yellow (Eastern Golden) Weaver

Ploceus subaureus


White-eye, Cape 

Cape White-eye

Zosterops virens


Widowbird, Fan-tailed 

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Euplectes axillaris

Red-shouldered Widow

Widowbird, Red-collared 

Red-collared Widowbird

Euplectes ardens

Red-collared Widow

Wood-hoopoe, Green 

Green Wood-hoopoe

Phoeniculus purpureus

Red-billed Wood-Hoopoe

Woodpecker, Cardinal 

Cardinal Woodpecker

Dendropicos fuscescens


Woodpecker, Knysna 

Knysna Woodpecker

Campethera notata


Woodpecker, Olive 

Olive Woodpecker

Dendropicos griseocephalus



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