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Crested francolin

Crested Francolin

Crested francolin   What guides should know: This is the least likely of our Okavango francolin and spurfowl to alert safari guides to the presence of predators because of their shy and retiring nature. The crested francolin is our most striking francolin and usually occurs in coveys of 4-6 birds. They are often preyed upon by hawk-eagles, black sparrowhawk and …

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African marsh harrier

African Marsh Harrier

What safari guides should know: The harriers are easily identified from other raptors because of their unique profile when flying. The wings are not held parallel to the ground as they are with most other raptors when gliding, but rather angled up toward the sky. This is known as holding the wings in the dihedral. By doing this the harrier …

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African hoopoe

African Hoopoe

African Hoopoe   What safari guides should know:   Both in the FGASA Level 1 nature guide course as well as the BQA Level 2 course you will learn about the various types of nests that the common birds of Botswana make. The African hoopoe is a hole nesting bird with a bit of a difference because once the chicks …

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Crowned lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

What safari guides should know: When the crowned lapwings start alarm calling and dive-bombing this can be one of the most exciting moments on your nature guide or trails guide course. Unlike many of the other birds, the crowned lapwing tends to ignore the smaller predators and often alert you to the presence of cheetah, leopard and lion! For all …

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Verreaux’s eagle owl

Verreaux's Eagle Owl

Verreaux’s Eagle Owl   What safari guides should know: The Verreaux’s eagle owl is the third largest owl in the world. This is a fascinating bird for field guides to show their guests. On your wildlife or ecology course with us you will almost definitely hear this owl and once you have a location it is only a matter of …

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Black heron

Black Heron

Black Heron What safari guides should know: The black heron is without doubt one of the most interesting birds for field guides to get their guests fascinated by the behaviour our avian wildlife. On our wildlife and ecology courses we study the different feeding behaviours and fascinating adaptations of birds. The black heron uses a technique of creating an “umbrella” …

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Lesser-striped swallow

Lesser-Striped Swallow

Lesser-striped Swallow What safari guides should know: This is one of the only swallows to not migrate from Botswana in our winter and even more bizarrely will breed during this time. On our FGASA Level 1 course we study nesting behaviour and nest types and the mud nests of the swallows are certainly fascinating constructions. While most guides will tell …

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Burchell’s sandgrouse

Burchell's Sandgrouse

Burchell’s Sandgrouse What safari guides should know: The Burchell’s sandgrouse is a bird you will be expected to identify on your FGASA Level 1 field guide course with us. But for safari guides identification is the boring part. The sandgrouse are a fascinating family with 14 African species and 2 Asian representatives. All of the sandgrouse share a wonderful behavioural …

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Collared sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Collared Sunbird is a fairly common resident in the riparian woodlands of the upper Okavango but uncommon in the southern and eastern Okavango. It cannot be confused with any other locally occurring species. Present at Kwapa Training Camp

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Red-capped lark

Red-capped Lark

Red-capped Lark is common in the Kalahari but an irregular nomadic visitor to the Okavango in the driest months. Usually in flocks of 10-40 birds that utter sparrow-like chirps in flight. Present at Kwapa Training Camp

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