Birdwatcher’s Paradise: Birds on the Mziki Private Game Reserve

With over 370 bird species calling this magnificent reserve home, Mziki is a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Welcome to the avian paradise of Mziki Safari Lodge, where nature enthusiasts and bird lovers embark on an extraordinary birding adventure. With over 370 bird species calling this magnificent reserve home, Mziki is a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts. Nestled near the scenic Vaalkop Dam, renowned as one of South Africa’s top three birding areas, Mziki offers a captivating experience for both seasoned birders and those new to the world of ornithology. Immerse yourself in the diverse habitats of Mziki and prepare to be enthralled by the breathtaking array of feathered wonders that await.

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List of birds found on the Mziki Game Reserve

  • Ostrich
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Black – Necked Grebe
  • Little Grebe
  • White Pelican
  • Whitebreasted Cormorant
  • Reed Cormorant
  • African Darter
  • Grey Heron
  • Blackheaded Heron
  • Goliath Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Great White Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Yellow – Billed Egret
  • Black Egret
  • Slaty Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Squacco Heron
  • Green – Backed Heron
  • Black – Crowned Night Heron
  • White – Back Night Heron
  • Little Bittern
  • Hamerkop
  • White Stork
  • Black Stork
  • Abdim’s Stork
  • Woollynecked Stork
  • Saddle – Billed Stork
  • Marabou Stork
  • Yellow – Billed Stork
  • African Sacred Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Hadeda Ibis
  • African Spoonbill
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Lesser Flamingo
  • White – Faced Whistling Duck
  • Fulvous Whistling Duck
  • Egyptian Goose
  • South African Shellduck
  • Yellow – Billed Duck
  • African Black Duck
  • Cape Teal
  • Hottentot Teal
  • Red – Billed Teal
  • Cape Shoveller
  • Southern Pochard
  • Knob – Billed Duck
  • Spur -Winged Goose
  • Secretary Bird
  • Cape Vulture
  • White – Backed Vulture
  • Lappet – Faced Vulture
  • Black Kite
  • Yellow – Billed Kite
  • Black Shouldered Kite
  • Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Wahlberg’s Eagle
  • African Hawk Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • Black – Cheasted Snake Eagle
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Steppe Buzzard
  • Jackal Buzzard
  • Lizard Buzzard
  • Ovambo Sparrowhawk
  • Little Sparrowhawk
  • Shikra
  • Gabar Goshawk
  • Pale Chanting Goshawk
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Gymnogene (African Harrier – Hawk)
  • Osprey
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Rock Kestrel
  • Greater Kestrel
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Coqui Francolin
  • Crested Francolin
  • Natal Spurfowl
  • Swainson’s Spurfowl
  • Harlequin Quail
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Kurrichane Buttonquail (Common Button Quail)
  • Blue Crane
  • African Rail
  • Corn Crake
  • Black Crake
  • Baillon’s Crake
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Common Moorhen
  • Redknobbed Coot
  • African Finfoot
  • White – Bellied Korhaan
  • Red – Crested Korhaan
  • Northern Black Korhaan
  • African Jacana
  • Greater Painted Snipe
  • Common Ringed Plover
  • White – Fronted Plover
  • Kittlitzs’ Plover
  • Three – Banded Plover
  • Grey Plover
  • Crowned Lapwing (Plover)
  • Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)
  • African Wattled Lapwing
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Greenshank
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Little Stint
  • Sanderling
  • Ruff
  • Ethopian Snipe
  • Avocet
  • Blackwinged Stilt
  • Spotted Thick – Knee (Dikkop)
  • Water Thick – Knee (Dikkop)
  • Temminck�s Courser
  • Bronze – Winged Courser
  • Black – Winged Pratincole
  • Grey – Headed Gull
  • Whiskered Tern
  • White – Winged Tern
  • African Skimmer
  • Namaqua Sandgrouse
  • Double – Banded Sandgrouse
  • Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove)
  • Red – Eyed Dove
  • Cape Turtle – Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Namaqua Dove
  • Emerald – Spotted Wood Dove
  • Grey Go – Away Bird (Grey Lourie)
  • Common (European) Cuckoo
  • African Cuckoo
  • Red – Chested Cuckoo
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo
  • Levaliants Cuckoo
  • Jacobin Cuckoo
  • Klaas’s Cuckoo
  • Diederik Cuckoo
  • Burchell’s Coucal
  • Western Barn Owl
  • African Grass Owl
  • Marsh Owl
  • African Scops Owl
  • Southern White – Faced Owl
  • Pearl – Spotted Owl
  • Cape Eagle Owl
  • Spotted Eagle Owl
  • Giant Eagle Owl
  • Fiery-Necked Nightjar
  • Rufous-Cheeked Nightjar
  • Freckled Nightjar
  • European Swift
  • African Black Swift
  • White-Rumped Swift
  • Little Swift
  • Alpine Swift
  • African Palm Swift
  • Speckled Mousebird
  • White-Backed Mousebird
  • Red-Faced Mousebird
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Half-Collared Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • African Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Woodland Kingfisher
  • Brown-Hooded Kingfisher
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • European Bee-eater
  • Blue-Cheeked Bee-eater
  • Southern-Carmine Bee-eater
  • White-Fronted Bee-eater
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Swallow-Tailed Bee-eater
  • European Roller
  • Lilac-Breasted Roller
  • Purple Roller
  • African Hoopoe
  • Redbilled Woodhoopoe
  • Common Scimitarbill
  • African Grey Hornbill
  • Southern Red-Billed Hornbill
  • Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill
  • Black-Collared Barbet
  • Acacia Pied Barbet
  • Yellow-Fronted Tinker Bird (Tinker Barbet)
  • Crested Barbet
  • Greater Honeyguide
  • Bennett’s Woodpecker
  • Golden-Tailed Woodpecker
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Bearded Woodpecker
  • Monotonous Lark
  • Rufous-Naped Lark
  • Eastern Clapper Lark
  • Sabota Lark
  • Short-Clawed Lark
  • Dusky Lark
  • Spike-Heeled Lark
  • Red-Capped Lark
  • Chestnut-Backed Sparrow-Lark
  • Barn (European) Swallow
  • White-Throated Swallow
  • Pearl-Breasted Swallow
  • Red-Breasted Swallow
  • Greater Striped Swallow
  • Lesser Striped Swallow
  • South African Cliff Swallow
  • Rock Martin
  • Common House Martin
  • European Sand Martin
  • Brown-Throated Martin
  • Black Cuckooshrike
  • Fork-Tailed Drongo
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • Black-Headed Oriole
  • Black Crow
  • Pied Crow
  • Ashy Tit
  • Southern Black Tit
  • Cape Penduline Tit
  • Grey Penduline Tit
  • Arrow-Marked Babbler
  • Southern Pied Babbler
  • African Red-Eyed Bulbul
  • Dark Capped Bulbul
  • Kurrichane Thrush
  • Olive Thrush
  • Groundscaper Thrush
  • Cape Rock-Thrush
  • Capped Wheatear
  • Familiar Chat
  • Mocking Cliff Chat
  • Ant-Eating Chat
  • African Stone-Chat
  • Cape Robin-Chat
  • White-Throated Robin Chat
  • White-Browed Robin Chat
  • Kalahari Scrub Robin
  • Garden Warbler
  • Common Whitethroat
  • Chestnut-Vented Tit-Babbler
  • Icterine Warbler
  • Olive Tree Warbler
  • African Reed Warbler
  • Marsh Warbler
  • European Sedge Warbler
  • Cape Reed Warbler
  • Willow Warbler
  • Bar-Throated Apalis
  • Longbilled Crombec
  • Yellowbelled Eremomela
  • Burntnecked Eremomela
  • Bleating Warbler
  • Barred Wren Warbler
  • Fantailed Cisticola
  • Desert Cisticola
  • Ayres’ Cisticola
  • Rattling Cisticola
  • Levaillant�s Cisticola
  • Croaking Cisticola
  • Lazy Cisticola
  • Neddicky
  • Tawny-Flanked Prinia
  • Black-Chested Prinia
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Fantailed Flycatcher
  • Southern-Black Flycatcher
  • Marico Flycatcher
  • Chat Flycatcher
  • Fiscal Flycatcher
  • Chinspot Batis
  • Fairy Flycatcher
  • African Paradise Flycatcher
  • African Pied Wagtail
  • Cape Wagtail
  • Western Yellow Wagtail
  • Grassveld Pipit
  • Long-Billed Pipit
  • Plain-Backed Pipit
  • Buffy Pipit
  • Striped Pipit
  • Tree Pipit
  • Bushveld Pipit
  • Orange throated Longclaw
  • Lesser Grey Shrike
  • Common Fiscal
  • Red-Backed Shrike
  • Longtailed Shrike
  • Southern Boubou
  • Crimson-Breasted Bush Shrike
  • Black-Backed Puffback
  • Brubru
  • Threestreaked Tchagra
  • Black-Crowned Tchagra
  • Orange-Breasted Bush Shrike
  • Grey-Headed Bush Shrike
  • White-Creasted Helmet Shrike
  • Southern White-Crowned Shrike
  • Common Myna
  • Wattled Starling
  • Violet-Backed Starling
  • Burchell�s Starling
  • Cape Glossy Starling
  • Red-Qinged Starling
  • Pale-Winged Starling
  • Redbilled Oxpecker
  • Malachite Sunbird
  • Marico Sunbird
  • Greater Doublecollared Sunbird
  • Whitebellied Sunbird
  • Black Sunbird
  • Cape White-eye
  • Redbilled Buffalo Weaver
  • Whitebrowed Sparrow-weaver
  • House Sparrow
  • Great Sparrow
  • Cape Sparrow
  • Grey headed Sparrow
  • Yellowthroated Sparrow
  • Scalyfeathered Finch
  • Spottedbacked Weaver
  • Cape Weaver
  • Masked Weaver
  • Lesser Masked Weaver
  • Redheaded Weaver
  • Redbilled Quelea
  • Red Bishop
  • Golden Bishop
  • Whitewinged Widow
  • Redcollared Widow
  • Longtailed Widow
  • Melba Finch
  • Bluebilled Firefinch
  • Jameson´s Firefinch
  • Redbilled Firefinch
  • Blue Waxbill
  • Violeteared Waxbill
  • Common Waxbill
  • Blackcheeked Waxbill
  • Quail Finch
  • Orangebreasted Waxbill
  • Cutthroat Finch
  • Redheaded Finch
  • Bronze Mannikin
  • Pintailed Whydah
  • Shafttailed Whydah
  • Paradise Whydah
  • Black Widowfinch
  • Steelblue Widowfinch
  • Yelloweyed Canary
  • Black throated Canary
  • Yellow Canary
  • Streakyheaded Canary
  • Goldenbreasted Bunting
  • Cape Bunting
  • Rock Bunting
  • Larklike Bunting
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