Dinosaur of the week: Hammerkop


Despite its duck-like look, Scopus umbretta is a wading bird. I saw this one a few years ago in Kruger Park.


Dinosaur of the week: Burchell’s Coucal

Many thanks to the birders on http://www.birdforum.net for helping me with the identification of this Centropus burchellii. I saw this one perched on some shrubbery while on a tour through Kruger Park. Fun fact: this bird predates on other birds up to the size of a dove.

Dinosaur of the week: Brown-headed Parrot

A few years ago, during a visit to Kruger Park I saw this Poicephalus cryptoxanthus. Although the species is listed under a conservation status of Least Concern, it ‘is increasingly vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation with illegal capture for the bird trade of concern in Mozambique‘ (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22685317/0).

Dinosaur of the week: Brown-hooded Kingfisher

brown-hooded-kingfisherHere we have a Halcyon albiventris. We found him/her perched on a tree in Kruger Park. There are lots of different species around the world, many of which are forest species and under threat from humans. However, this particular species is still classified in the group Least Concern.