Knysna Forest Bird List - Self-catering accommodation Knysna, Garden Route
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation

Knysna Forest Bird List

Knysna / Garden Route

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 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.

Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
NoEnglishAfrikaans Xhosa
58Reed CormorantRietduikerUgwidi
62Grey HeronBloureier Isikhawalimanzi
63Blackheaded HeronSwartkopreierIsikhawalimanzi
67Little EgretKleinwitreier  
71Cattle EgretBosluisvoelIlanda
94Hadeda IbisHadeda Ing’ang’ane
102Egyptian GooseKolgansIlowe
104Yellowbilled DuckGeelbekeendIdada
126Yellowbilled KiteGeelbekwou Untloyiya
127Blackshouldered KiteBlouvalkUmdlampuku
148African Fish EagleVisarend Ingqolane
150Forest BuzzardBosjakkalsvoel 
152Jackal BuzzardRooiborsjakkalsvoel Indlandlokazi
169 GymnogeneKaalwangvalk 
203Helmeted GuineafowlGewone Tarentaal Impangele
208Blue CraneBloukraanvoel Indwe
255Crowned PloverKroonkiewietIgxiya
258Blacksmith PloverBontkiewiet 
349Rock PigeonKransduif Ivukuthu
350Rameron PigeonGeelbekbosduifIzuba
352Redeyed DoveGrootringduifIndlasidudu
354Cape Turtle DoveGewone TortelduifIhobe
370Knysna Lourie or TuracoKnysnaloerieIgolomi
377Redchested CuckooPiet-my-vrou Uphezukomkhono
384Emerald CuckooMooimeisieIntananja
386Diederik CuckooDiederikkie Umgcibilitshane
391Burchell’s CoucallGewone Vleiloerie Ubikhwe
392Barn OwlNonnetjie-uilIsikhova
400Cape Eagle OwlKaapse Ooruil 
405Fierynecked NightjarAfrikaanse NaguilUdebeza
415Whiterumped SwiftWitkruiswindswael Ihlabankomo
424Speckled MousebirdGevlekte MuisvoelIndlazi
428Pied KingfisherBontvisvanger Isaxwila
429Giant KingfisherReuse VisvangerUxomoyi
430Halfcollared KingfisherBlouvisvanger Isaxwila
435Brownhooded KingfisherBruinkopvisvanger Undozela
451HoopoeHoephoepUbhobhoyi
484Knysna WoodpeckerKnysnaspeg Isinqolamthi
488Olive WoodpeckerGryskopspeg 
527Lesser Striped SwallowKleinstreepswael Inkonjane
536Black Saw-wing SwallowSwartsaagvlerkswaelUnomalahlana
541Forktailed DrongoMikstertbyvanger Intengu
545Blackheaded OrioleSwartkopwielewaalUmkro
550 Whitenecked RavenWithalskraai Ihlungule
566Cape BulbulKaapse Tiptol 
572Sombre BulbulGewone WillieInkwili
598Chorister RobinLawaaimakerjanfrederik Ugagasisi
601Cape RobinGewone JanfrederikUgaga
645Barthroated ApalisBandkeelkleinjantjie Ugxakhweni
690Dusky FlycatcherDonkervlieevanger Unomaphelana
698Fiscal FlycatcherFiskaalvlieevangerIcola
700Cape BatisKaapse BosbontrokkieIngedle
708Bluemantled FlycatcherBloukuifvlieevangerIgotyl
710Paradise FlycatcherParadysvlieevanger Ujejane
713Cape WagtailGewone Kwikkie Umcelu
732Fiscal ShrikeFiskaallaksman Inxanxadi
736Southern BoubouSuidelike Waterfiskaal Igqubusha
769Redwinged StarlingRooivlerkspreeuIsomi
775Malachite SunbirdJangroentjie Ingcungcu
783Lesser Doublecollared SunbirdKleinrooibandsuikerbekkie 
785Greater Doublecollared SunbirdRooibandsuikerbekkie 
792Black SunbirdSwartsuikerbekkieIngcungcu
796Cape White-eyeKaapse GlasogieIntukwane
803Cape SparrowGewone MossieUndlunkulu
804Greyheaded SparrowGryskopmossie 
813Cape WeaverKaapse WewerIhobo-hobo
850Swee WaxbillSuidelike 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

Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation

*** 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.
Book a stay and twitch away!