Forest Edge - Nature-lovers' Retreat

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Knysna Forest Bird List, Garden Route - photos taken at Forest Edge

Birds of the Garden Route - One of the reasons people decide to visit Forest Edge is the unique opportunity to bird watch, not only the birds of the area, but the special behaviours and kinds of birds that frequent the forest's edge. Although the birds are not as obvious, or plentiful, as for example in a riverine bush setting in the Kruger Park, they are varied and very rewarding for any twitcher.

As one of our guests wrote about Forest Edge "as you slow slow to its rhythm and the beat of its hospitable heart" you will increasingly see more birds. The marvel of forest fringes must be the Knysna Loerie (now known as the Knysna Touraco), but at Forest Edge you can see the majestic Fish Eagle or the dainty little Swee Waxbills, iridescent sunbirds galore, rare Knysna Woodpecker, while you hear the gurgle of the Black-headed Oriole, the screech of a heron or the gentle chatter of the yellow-billed ducks on the pond. The summer calls of the Redchested Cuckoo (Piet-my-vrou) and Diederik's Cuckoo is synonymous with the golden glow of swimming, summer snoozing or lighting the braai. You may even spot the Grey Cuckooshrike, or see a group of Cape Batises mob a boomslang. You are almost certain to hear the calls of the Fierynecked Nightjar, Cape Eagle Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl and Wood Owl at night - sometimes all of them at the same time from different corners of the forest belt! We cannot possibly discuss all we see here on a regular basis, but this should give you an idea of what even the amateur Twitcher can expect to see; never cease to be charmed and surprised by the feathered gifts of the forest. Bring your binoculars and bird book, and go twitching on a Forest Walk or from the gentle rocking of your hammock...

Quicklinks to other Nature-lovers' Lists: Knysna Mammal list; Knysna Tree list;    Listen to a our nightjar call evocative Nightjar call here...  - give it 5 seconds to start.

Please see a few of the photos of birds taken at Forest Edge below, before and after the actual BIRD LIST (this is not the full list; just some of the more commonly spotted birds). Guest photos are acknowledged in the hover-over.

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Grey Heron - birders in knysna forest, knysna forest birders  Willow Warbler - birding forest , forest birding , knysna forest birding , birding in the knysna forest  Cardinal Woodpecker; Bird List knysna forest, knysna forest bird list, Bird List knysna, knysna bird list

Forest Buzzard at forest fringe - knysna forest birds , birdwatching knysna , knysna birdwatching , garden route twitching , twitching on the garden route  Brownhooded Kingfisher near FairyDen cottage - birdwatching knysna , knysna birdwatching , garden route twitching , twitching on the garden route  Fish Eagle at Reception pond; Bird List garden route, Garden Route bird list , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Forest Edge , Forest Edge Bird List , Bird List Virtual photo tour

Knysna Loerie near Fairy Den cottage (pic by Christopher van Zyl); Bird List garden route, Garden Route bird list , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Forest Edge , Forest Edge Bird List , Bird List Virtual photo tour 

No English Afrikaans Xhosa
58 Reed Cormorant Rietduiker Ugwidi
62 Grey Heron Bloureier Isikhawalimanzi
63 Blackheaded Heron Swartkopreier Isikhawalimanzi
67 Little Egret Kleinwitreier  
71 Cattle Egret Bosluisvoel Ilanda
94 Hadeda Ibis Hadeda Ing'ang'ane
102 Egyptian Goose Kolgans Ilowe
104 Yellowbilled Duck Geelbekeend Idada
126 Yellowbilled Kite Geelbekwou Untloyiya
127 Blackshouldered Kite Blouvalk Umdlampuku
148 African Fish Eagle Visarend Ingqolane
150 Forest Buzzard Bosjakkalsvoel  
152 Jackal Buzzard Rooiborsjakkalsvoel Indlandlokazi
169 Gymnogene Kaalwangvalk  
203 Helmeted Guineafowl Gewone Tarentaal Impangele
208 Blue Crane Bloukraanvoel Indwe
255 Crowned Plover Kroonkiewiet Igxiya
258 Blacksmith Plover Bontkiewiet  
349 Rock Pigeon Kransduif Ivukuthu
350 Rameron Pigeon Geelbekbosduif Izuba
352 Redeyed Dove Grootringduif Indlasidudu
354 Cape Turtle Dove Gewone Tortelduif Ihobe
370 Knysna Lourie or Turaco Knysnaloerie Igolomi
377 Redchested Cuckoo Piet-my-vrou Uphezukomkhono
384 Emerald Cuckoo Mooimeisie Intananja
386 Diederik Cuckoo Diederikkie Umgcibilitshane
391 Burchell's Coucall Gewone Vleiloerie Ubikhwe
392 Barn Owl Nonnetjie-uil Isikhova
400 Cape Eagle Owl Kaapse Ooruil  
405 Fierynecked Nightjar Afrikaanse Naguil Udebeza
415 Whiterumped Swift Witkruiswindswael Ihlabankomo
424 Speckled Mousebird Gevlekte Muisvoel Indlazi
428 Pied Kingfisher Bontvisvanger Isaxwila
429 Giant Kingfisher Reuse Visvanger Uxomoyi
430 Halfcollared Kingfisher Blouvisvanger Isaxwila
435 Brownhooded Kingfisher Bruinkopvisvanger Undozela
451 Hoopoe Hoephoep Ubhobhoyi
484 Knysna Woodpecker Knysnaspeg Isinqolamthi
488 Olive Woodpecker Gryskopspeg  
527 Lesser Striped Swallow Kleinstreepswael Inkonjane
536 Black Saw-wing Swallow Swartsaagvlerkswael Unomalahlana
541 Forktailed Drongo Mikstertbyvanger Intengu
545 Blackheaded Oriole Swartkopwielewaal Umkro
550 Whitenecked Raven Withalskraai Ihlungule
566 Cape Bulbul Kaapse Tiptol  
572 Sombre Bulbul Gewone Willie Inkwili
598 Chorister Robin Lawaaimakerjanfrederik Ugagasisi
601 Cape Robin Gewone Janfrederik Ugaga
645 Barthroated Apalis Bandkeelkleinjantjie Ugxakhweni
690 Dusky Flycatcher Donkervlieevanger Unomaphelana
698 Fiscal Flycatcher Fiskaalvlieevanger Icola
700 Cape Batis Kaapse Bosbontrokkie Ingedle
708 Bluemantled Flycatcher Bloukuifvlieevanger Igotyl
710 Paradise Flycatcher Paradysvlieevanger Ujejane
713 Cape Wagtail Gewone Kwikkie Umcelu
732 Fiscal Shrike Fiskaallaksman Inxanxadi
736 Southern Boubou Suidelike Waterfiskaal Igqubusha
769 Redwinged Starling Rooivlerkspreeu Isomi
775 Malachite Sunbird Jangroentjie Ingcungcu
783 Lesser Doublecollared Sunbird Kleinrooibandsuikerbekkie  
785 Greater Doublecollared Sunbird Rooibandsuikerbekkie  
792 Black Sunbird Swartsuikerbekkie Ingcungcu
796 Cape White-eye Kaapse Glasogie Intukwane
803 Cape Sparrow Gewone Mossie Undlunkulu
804 Greyheaded Sparrow Gryskopmossie  
813 Cape Weaver Kaapse Wewer Ihobo-hobo
850 Swee Waxbill Suidelike Swie  
This official list was obtained from Sanparks in Knysna; please let us know if you spot any errors or ommissions and we'll let them know.

You can book a guided birding walk with Garden Route birding; 082 213 5931 / twitcher@gardenroutebirding.co.za

Dusky Flycatcher snapped by Ronel at Forest Edge; Bird List , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Garden Route , Garden Route Bird List  Weaver bird snapped by Ronel at Forest Edge ; Bird List , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Garden Route , Garden Route Bird List  Greater Double Collared Sunbird photographed at Forest Edge by Ronel; Bird List , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Garden Route , Garden Route Bird List

Spotted Eagle Owl near Fieldmouse cottage - napped there all afternoon!  photos of Knysna Birds , birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds  Hamerkop wading in froggy pond - Bird List , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Garden Route , Garden Route Bird List  Grey Heron near jungle gym - when not wading in one of our ponds - fishing...  birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds , birdwatching knysna , knysna birdwatching , garden route twitching , twitching on the garden route

Tambourine Dove photographed at Forest Edge by Andre Marais in March 2011 ; birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds  Puffback photographed at Forest Edge by Andre Marais in March 2011 ; Bird List , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Garden Route , Garden Route Bird List  Rameron Pigeon photographed at Forest Edge by Andre Marais in March 2011 ; birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds , birdwatching knysna , knysna birdwatching , garden route twitching , twitching on the garden route

Dabchick photographed by Ronel ; birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds  Yellow Throated Petronia (prev. Yellow Throated Sparrow) photographed by Ronel; Bird List , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Garden Route , Garden Route Bird List  African Darter photographed by Ronel ; birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds , birdwatching knysna , knysna birdwatching , garden route twitching , twitching on the garden route

Grey Cuckooshrike photographed at Forest Edge by Andre Marais in March 2011 ;  photos of Knysna Birds , birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds  Rare Knysna Woodpecker - proudly snapped by Ronel; Bird List , Bird List knysna , knysna Bird List , Bird List Garden Route , Garden Route Bird List  Black Cuckooshrike female photographed at Forest Edge by Andre Marais in March 2011 ; birds of the garden route , knysna forest birds , birdwatching knysna , knysna birdwatching , garden route twitching , twitching on the garden route

*** Seeing this enticing Forest Edge Bird List of Knysna Forest birds of the Garden Route, we hope you will visit us soon for a birdwatching breakaway.
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