Beautiful Birds to Search for when on Safari

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If you are an avid bird watcher, or even just a person who loves beautiful birds, an African safari vacation is the perfect trip to get your bird watching fix. South Africa is a bird watcher’s paradise, and people travel from all over the globe just to get a glimpse of some of the rare, stunning and unique creatures that call the skies of Africa home. The distribution and diversity of the wild birds in the area allows passionate bird watchers to plan a successful safari trip that is sure to include many of their most sought after species. If you do not consider yourself a bird watcher, you should still keep an eye out for the local wild birds, for they are as important as the iconic wild beasts. Here are some of the beautiful birds that you should search for while on safari.

  1. The Cape Sugarbird

The Cape Sugarbird displays light brown feathers with elements of white and black. The most distinctive feature is its long, thin beak. This allows the Cape Sugarbird to eat from the beautiful flowers in the area.

  1. The Sunbird

There are several different types of Sunbird, including the Malachite and Orange-Breasted Sunbird. These birds are colored beautifully with brilliant shades of green, blue, yellow and orange. Because they are so vibrant, they are easier to spot than more ordinary birds. Like the Cape Sugarbird, the Sunbird also has a long, thin beak that is used for eating from the local flowers.

  1. The Bateleur Eagle

At first glance, you might mistake this large bird for a vulture—but look again. The Bateleur Eagle displays a noble appearance that only an eagle can. Its naked face and talons allow it to remain clean while eating. It is a tricolored bird of black, cream, and brown. The body of the Bateleur Eagle is completely black, while the wings are a mix of light and dark brown shades. The undersides of the wings are starch white. This magnificent bird is truly a site to be held.

  1. The Greater Flamingo

You might have seen Flamingos plenty of times at your favorite zoo, but seeing this vibrant bird in its natural habitat is an experience that all safari goers should seek. As many know, the Flamingo is colored with beautiful shades of pink and orange, broken only by the contrast of the black and white feathers that line its wings. Flamingos are iconic African birds that give life to the southern regions. If you are lucky, you might even spot a pair of Flamingos going about their unique dancing ritual.

Plan Your African Safari Vacation

An African safari vacation is the perfect getaway for bird watchers, or those who simply love the beauty of the natural world. If you are ready to start planning your trip, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today. Be sure to keep these beautiful birds in mind while you are traveling through the southern regions!

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Birds to Look for On Your East African Safari

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If you are an avid bird watcher, an East African safari should be at the top of your bucket list. This region of the continent is known for the abundance of beautiful birds that call the skies home. There are thousands of different species—big, tall, small beaks and large, bulky, streamlined, colorful and bland. Each have their own characteristics and personalities that make them unique. The bird population in Africa makes it one of the best places on Earth to take a bird watching trip.

While you are watching the skies for your dream sightings, you might even catch a glimpse of many iconic land animals as well. Even if you are not that into bird watching, you will still enjoy seeing some of the wonderful species that can be found in the area. Here are some of the birds that you should look out for while you are on your East African safari.

The Shoebill

You might not equate the giant, blundering Shoebill to a graceful ballerina, but seeing one is a rare chance that many covet. People come from all over the world to spot this amazing bird that is characterized by having large, round eyes, grey feathers and a bulky beak. Since this bird can only be found in Africa, it is a prime tourist attraction. Until recent years, the Shoebill was not protected and it was common for their eggs to be stolen straight from their nests. Thankfully, the bird is now under the protection of laws that will make it possible for future generations to enjoy their presence.

The Green-Breasted Pitta

Though this bird is common in multiple countries in Africa, it is rather difficult to spot. Many avid bird enthusiasts dream of capturing a photograph of the small Green-Breasted Pitta. Their color helps them to blend perfectly with the green tropical forests that they call home. They are stunning little creatures, sporting vibrant shades of green, red, yellow and navy.

The African Green Broadbill

Due to deforestation, you can only see this magnificent bird in two small places on the planet—both of which are in Africa. They are characterized by their gorgeous green shades and streamlined bodies. These birds are tropical, and their natural habitat is highly threatened.

The Great Blue Turaco

This bird cannot be mistaken for any other, as it sports a unique arrangement of feathers atop its nobly shaped head, as well as a pronounced set on the tail. The Great Blue Turaco is named for its beautiful blue coloring, which is paired with a vibrant yellow on the chest, tail and beak. These birds are hunted for meat and mementos that are made from their wings.

Doherty’s Bushshrike

This subtropical bird is neither endangered or uncommon, but its unique coloring makes it a favorite site among tourists and safari goers. Doherty’s Bushshrike is red, yellow and black—a truly beautiful arrangement.

Book Your African Safari Today

If you would like to have the opportunity to see these birds, as well as many others, in person, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa