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SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #13 – GREEN WOOD HOOPOE

Overview

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the Green Wood-Hoopoe. The Green Wood-Hoopoe is a common sighting at Shakati Private Game reserve, and definitely livens up the Veld with its distinct call.

Look out for the Green Wood-Hoopoe close to the Chalets or close to the watering hole (you will usually hear them before you see them)

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SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #6 – BIRDER FRIENDLY

Overview

Welcome to the Sixth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In the article, we will be focusing on Shakati Private Game Reserve being Birder friendly. Shakati private Game reserve is committed to the preservation of all wildlife, and promoting the conservation of our feathered friends.

Due to the importance of being a Birder friendly establishment, we decided to expand this article to include where Shakati fits in with Birder Friendly Routes.

Shakati Private Game reserve has prolific birdlife, one of the highest bird diversities in the Waterberg with over 260 confirmed types of birds (Refer to Shakati Bird List for a full list of our birds to date) Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #6 – BIRDER FRIENDLY

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #2 – KINGFISHERS

Overview

Welcome to the second edition of Shakati Bush Facts. The aim of these Bush Facts is to share some of the spectacular wildlife, birds, reptiles and insects facts and photographs. Shakati is committed to Nature Conservation, and as part of Nature Conservation comes awareness. Thus, the more we learn the more we are aware of what happens in the bush.

In this article, we will focus on the Kingfisher family, and will share some of the interesting facts around these beautiful birds.

About the Kingfisher Family

Kingfishers are a group of small to medium-sized, brightly coloured birds and can be found next to running water or in the bushveld. Kingfishers nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A quarter of all kingfishers nest in abandoned termite nests.

Scientific classification: Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Aves, Order: Coraciiformes

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African Grey Hornbill

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English Afrikaans Latin
African Grey Hornbill Grysneushoringvoël Tockus nasutus
Identification Roberts
Size: 45 cm

Weight: 160 – 250 grams

Lifespan: 20 years

Colour: Curved bill (Male blacker bill, and female a bit of red in the bill). Overall Grey plumages, with head, shoulders and tail a darker shade of grey. A white line on both sides of his head which are clearly visible when the Grey Hornbill is in flight.

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Diet Nest
Animals (Frogs, small rodents)

Insects and Arachnids

Fruits

Nest in natural hole in tree, where the female seals the nest from inside, leaving only a small feeding hole. She then lays the egg and the male feeds her during 19-34 days. Thereafter the female breaks free once the 3-4 chicks have a sufficient chance on survival

Information Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_grey_hornbill

Licenced under the term o the GNU Free Documentation Licence, Version 1.2 or later version

Article and Photographs by Johan Fourie