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Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Oudtshoorn & De Rust

The Klein Karoo, and particularly the Oudtshoorn area, offers a large variety of bird-friendly habitats. This ensures that a diverse variety of birds can be observed within a relatively short drive from hotels and guest houses in the area. These habitats include vegetation along permanent streams, the thickets on the slopes of hills, the fynbos which is found on the tops of hills and on the Swartberg itself, the open karroid veld with its succulent shrubs and man-made habitats such as dams, the sewerage works and treerich local gardens. All the habitats host their own specially adapted birds, some of which are species endemic to the Western Cape.

Along the streams and flood plains you will encounter:

  • sunbirds
  • doves & pigeons
  • honey guides
  • kingfishers
  • warblers
  • waders
  • weavers
  • flycatchers

Amongst the thickets the following species dominate:

  • canaries
  • mouse birds
  • titbabblers
  • woodpeckers
  • prinias
  • southern tchagra
  • pritit batis

In the open karroid veld you will find smaller birds such as:

  • larks
  • pipits
  • eremomelas
  • cisticolas
  • chats
  • Larger varieties include:
  • black korhaan
  • pale chanting goshawk

The Swartberg mountain plays host to the following species:

  • ground woodpecker
  • orange-breasted sunbird
  • cape rockjumper
  • cape sugarbird
  • cape siskin
  • verreaux’s eagle

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