At Random Harvest we have an amazing number of birds resident or regularly visiting us.
I believe this is because we have so many different types of habitat here on the farm.
We have planted a big variety of indigenous plants. The way they are planted and the variety help create the habitat that the numerous species of birds use.
These habitat types are:
You can gauge the health of your garden by the number of species of birds and other creatures that choose to become resident.
The biodiversity in your garden is underpinned by the indigenous plants that provide food, security from predators, places to nest and places to rest safely
In your garden these habitat types can be created by the following zones in the garden:
Below is a complete list of birds found at Random Harvest.
A = Abundance Code
1: Common – regularly recorded
2: Scarce – occasionally recorded
3: Uncommon – seldom recorded
4: Vagrant – local rarity
a: Summer Migrant – Eurasian or intra-African summer visitors (mostly Sep-Apr)
b: Winter Migrant – regional or altitudinal visitor (mostly May-Sep)
Natural habitat: Evergreen forest, valley bushveld, woodland
Natural habitat: Clumps of bushes and thickets amongst termite mounds in moist savannah woodland
Natural habitat: Broad-leaved woodland, grassland and suburban gardens.
Natural habitat: Moist or dry open woodlands, suburban gardens and grassland
Natural habitat: Arid or wet areas
Natural habitat: Wooded grasslands, bushy pastures, broad-leaved and mixed woodlands
Bishop, Southern Red
Natural habitat: Open grassland, marshes and cultivated areas
Bishop, Yellow-crowned (Golden)
Natural habitat: Open grassland, marshes and cultivated areas
Natural habitat: Sandy shores, coastal shores, estuaries and the sandy margins of rivers and lakes.
Natural Habitat:Variety of woodland habitats, as well as coastal thickets.
Bulbul, Dark-capped (Black-eyed)
Natural habitat:Dense woodland or grassland with few bushes.
Natural habitat:Dry riverine woodland, Nama karoo with grass, fallow croplands and weedy road.
Canary, Yellow-fronted (Yellow-eyed)
Natural habitat: Dry grassland, sometimes with scattered trees and bushes
Cisticola, Zitting (Fan-tailed)
Natural habitat: Seasonally flooded grassland, grassy wetlands.
Natural habitat: Freshwater ponds, lakes, vleis, dams, flood plains, temporary pans and swamps with reeds.
Natural habitat: Any freshwater habitat, excluding very fast-flowing streams, but it generally prefers bodies of water with gently sloping shores.
Natural habitat: Thickets, reedbeds, coastal bush, borders between woodland and grassland.
Natural habitat: Savannah woodland and bushy shrub land, but it is becoming more and more common in farmland, urban and suburban areas.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers evergreen forest & woodland.
Natural habitat: Forest edges, mesic savannah, closed woodland, semi-arid shrub lands, parks and gardens, occasionally moving into Mopani forest.
Natural habitat: Closed woodland, Miombo woodland, open savannah thickets, stands of trees in human settlements, mature gardens and parks.
Natural habitat: Generally favours still or slow-moving bodies of freshwater, especially with dead trees, rocks or banks.
Dove, Cape Turtle
Natural habitat: Woodland, farmland, suburban parks and gardens.
Natural habitat: Occupying woodland, farmland, suburban parks, Acacia plantations and gardens.
Natural habitat: Generally preferred woodland, especially alien tree plantations, with pines.
Dove, Rock (Feral Pigeon)
Duck, African Black
Natural habitat: Found mainly on inland waters in savannah and grassland regions.
Natural habitat: Prefers still waters of streams, lakes, swamps, pans, swamps, marshes and sewerage ponds.
Eagle, Verreaux’s (Black)
Natural habitat: Arid savannah and woodland, especially riverine forest, occasionally moving into open areas such as grassland.
Egret, Western Cattle
Natural habitat: Generally favours shallow, open areas of rivers, lakes, marshes, flooded grassland, flood plains, estuaries, saltpans, sewage works and dams.
Natural habitat: Prefers the shallow margins of rivers, lakes, estuaries, pans, marshes and saltpans, butmoves into mangroves, open coastal flats and man-made habitats such as sewage works, canals and dams.
Falcon, Amur (Eastern Red-footed Kestrel)
Flycatcher, African Paradise
Natural habitat: Woodland and forest, woodland, evergreen forest and suburban gardens.
Natural habitat: During the breeding season it favours shrublands, such as Karoo, fynbos, thorny thickets, mountain scrub and sweet grassland. In winter it moves into more wooded habitats, including Acacia savannah, plantations and gardens.
Natural habitat: Scattered trees or bushes to use as perches, such as moist and semi-arid grassland, fynbos, Nama Karoo and valley bushveld.
Go-away-bird (Lourie), Grey
Natural habitat: Freshwater wetlands, grass lawns in urban areas and in fields with cereal crops.
Natural habitat: Restricted to tree-lined watercourses, but it may also move into cities and towns.
Grebe, Little (Dabchick)
Natural habitat: Prefers dams, lakes, small ponds, backwaters in sluggish watercourses and temporary pans.
Natural habitat: Grass land
Natural habitat: Shallow margins of lakes, pans, swamps, rivers, marshes, streams, seasonally flooded ponds and even small puddles in gravel roads.
Heron, Black-crowned Night-
Natural habitat: Favours open grassy habitats, sometimes moving into marshes and floodplains.
Natural habitat: Well-wooded shorelines of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, mangroves, estuaries and swamps.
Natural habitat: Shallow water bodies, such as estuaries, lagoons, rivers, lakes, the intertidal zone, marshes and dams.
Natural habitat: Dense vegetation (especially Phragmites reedbeds) on the edge of shallow wetlands or mangroves.
Honeybird, Brown-backed (Sharp-billed)
Natural habitat: Prefers savanna, thickets, open woodland, thorn scrub and forest edges.
Natural habitat: Woodlands, savannah, fynbos, grassland and riverine forest.
Natural habitat: Prefers woodland, savannah, riverine forest, forest edges, plantations and gardens.
Natural habitat: It habitats are woodland, riverine forest, forest fringes, valley bushveld, thickets and wooded gardens.
Hornbill, African Grey
Natural habitat: It prefers woodlands, arid thornveld, wooded gardens and alien tree plantations.
Ibis, African Sacred
Natural habitat: Grassland, open habitats and man-made habitats, such as cultivated land, dams, sewage works, lawns, farmyards, refuse tips and abattoirs.
Natural habitat: Freshwater lakes and rivers, flood plains, riparian marshes, seasonal pans, flooded grassland, irrigated farmland, estuaries and open grassland in parks and farms.
Natural habitat: Prefers open grassland with well-wooded valleys and patches of dense woodland, also occurring in clearings in forest, marshes with short grass and moist grassland.
Natural habitat: It occupies a variety of aquatic habitats, including slow-moving rivers and streams, dams, sheltered shores, coastal lagoons, tidal estuaries, mangrove swamps, sewage ponds, irrigation canals, mangroves, reed or papyrus marshes, seasonal streams and temporary ponds.
Natural habitat: Streams, rivers, lakes, temporary pans, estuaries, temporarily flooded areas and rocky coasts.
Natural habitat: Generally prefers grassland, transformed fynbos and cultivated land.
Natural habitat: It can be found in a wide variety of habitats, but it especially favours woodland and rural areas.
Lapwing (Plover), African Wattled
Natural habitat: Prefers waterlogged grassland at streams, seeps edges of marshes and flood plains.
Lapwing (Plover), Blacksmith
Natural habitat: It generally prefers moist, short grassland, mudflats around dams, sewage pans, lakes, rivers, estuaries, salt pans, road verges, sports fields, airports and heavily grazed areas.
Lapwing (Plover), Crowned
Natural habitat: It generally prefers dry, open grassland, sparse woodland, open areas in Karoo scrub and man-made habitats, such as open fields, short pastures, airports, golf courses and roadsides.
Longclaw, Cape (Orange-throated)
Natural habitat: It generally prefers moist short grassland and fynbos, also occupying pastures and the edges of vleis.
Natural habitat: Freshwater wetlands, such as marshes, swamps, ponds, pans, streams, rivers, canals, flooded grassland and temporary pools on flood plains.
Natural habitat: Generally prefers Acacia savanna and thickets, gardens, woodland with nearby rivers, strandveld, gardens and orchards.
Natural habitat: It is very adaptable, occurring in forest edges, thickets, gardens, orchards, strandveld, riverine woodland and alien tree plantations.
Myna, Common (Indian)
Natural habitat: Urban areas and farms in the immediate vicinity of buildings and other structures.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers Broad-leaved burkea (Burkea africana) woodland, thorny savannah, forest edges, fynbos, renosterbos, scrub on boulder-strewn slopes, gardens with thick vegetation and the grassy under storey of alien tree plantations.
Natural habitat: It is quite adaptable, occupying a variety of habitats, including Savannah woodland, miombo (Brachystegiai) woodland, coastal forest, parks, gardens, farmland with scattered trees and alien plantations.
Owl, African Grass
Natural habitat: Generally prefers marshes and vleis with patches of tall rank grass, weeds or sedges, but it may also occupy fynbos, renosterveld and thorn scrub close to water.
Owl, Western Barn
Natural habitat: Can be found anywhere that has abundant food and suitable roost sites, but it generally prefers open areas, such as grasslands, deserts and wooded savannah.
Natural habitat: Prefers marshes, however it also occupies tall grassland, reeds, sedges and Acacia woodland.
Owl, Spotted Eagle
Natural habitat: Most prolific in open scrub and low grassland, so long as it has suitable roost sites. It has also adapted to living with humans.
Natural habitat: Dry forests, dry savanna and dry shrub land.
Pigeon, African Olive (Rameron)
Natural habitat: Evergreen forests, riverine forests and thickets, alien tree plantations, urban gardens and parks, provided there are plentiful fruit trees and bushes.
Pigeon, Speckled (Rock)
Natural habitat: It generally prefers rocky areas with mountains, cliffs and gorges, but it has recently taken to urban and rural buildings, where it often roosts and nests.
Pipit, African (Grassveld)
Natural habitat: Moist grassland, lightly wooded savannah, dry flood plains, recently burnt grassland, roadsides, playing fields and agricultural land.
Natural habitat: Generally preferring open shores of any freshwater habitat, such as pools, streams, seeps, farm dams and sewage works.
Natural habitat: Shrub land (in both arid and semi-arid climates), dry Acacia savannah with scattered bushes, edges of drainage woodland in dry areas, fallowed cropland with large bushes and gardens in rural villages.
Natural habitat: It prefers dense grass, shrubs and bushes along watercourses or in clearings in woodland, edges of old cultivated farmland and rural villages.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers woodland habitats, as well as evergreen forest edges, riverine forest, Eucalyptus plantations and suburban gardens.
Natural habitat: Most prolific in semi-arid habitats such as thornveld and cultivated land, but it may also occupy exceptionally wet or dry areas.
Natural habitat: It occupies a variety of habitat types, generally preferring areas with quite dense undergrowth and scattered trees, bushes, rocks or other structures to use for perching.
Seedeater (Canary), Streaky-headed
Shrike, Southern Fiscal
Natural habitat: Generally prefers open habitats with scattered trees, such as savannah, open woodland, scrubland and grassland.
Shrike, Lesser Grey
Natural habitat: Generally favours open habitats with scattered trees, especially Acacia savannah but also stunted mopane woodland as well as mixed cluster-leaf
Natural habitat: Grassland with scattered bushes and trees, mopane and broad-leaved woodland.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers arid and semi-arid savannah, dry woodland along drainage lines and many man-made habitats
Natural habitat: It generally prefers urban, rural and suburban areas, sometimes occurring around remote abandoned buildings in other habitats, such as semi-arid shrub land.
Sparrow, Southern Grey-headed
Natural habitat: It generally prefers savannah woodland, especially with Acacia, also occupying dry broad-leaved woodland, plantation edges, cultivated land and gardens
Natural habitat: It can occupy almost any shallow water body, generally preferring the margins of rivers or lakes, pans, marshes, flood plains, sewage works and dams.
Spurfowl (Francolin), Swainson's
Natural habitat: It generally prefers grasslands or open savannahs and adapts easily to cultivated, disturbed areas.
Starling, Cape Glossy
Natural habitat: It can occupy a variety of different habitats, especially wooded savannah, forest edges, riverine bush, plantations, parks and gardens.
Natural habitat: Rocky outcrops and gorges in highland grasslands, occasionally visiting forests for fruit, but in recent times it has flourished in urban areas.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers montane or open grassland (with scattered shrubs and bushes), fynbos shrub land, grassy hillsides, edges of high altitude forest, swamp edges and cultivated land.
Sunbird, Amethyst (Black)
Natural habitat: It generally favours in coastal evergreen forest and mature valley bushveld, but it may also move into drier, more open woodland.
Sunbird, Greater Double-collared
Natural habitat: It generally prefers fynbos and Karoo shrub land, woodland, Afromontane forest, gardens and Eucalyptus plantations.
Natural habitat: It occurs in a variety of habitats, ranging from alpine and montane grasslands to scrubby hillsides in mountainous areas, as well as in arid steppes of Namaqualand, riverine thorn bush, gardens, parks and alien plantations.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers semi-arid savannah woodland, such as Acacia, bush willow (Combretum) and riparian thickets.
Swallow, Barn (European)
Swallow, Greater Striped
Natural habitat: Occupies central Namibia, central and eastern Zimbabwe and small areas of Botswana. It generally prefers open habitats such as grassland, fynbos, karoo, open savannah, suburban areas, cultivated land and farmyards.
Swallow, Lesser Striped
Natural habitat: It generally favours open habitats such as grassland, savannah, forest edges and clearings.
Swallow, South African Cliff
Natural habitat: Prefers grassland, open savannah and Karoo.
Natural habitat: Favours open grassland, fynbos and mountainous regions, especially near water.
Natural habitat: Breeds in mountainous areas, but it can forage over almost any habitat, generally preferring alpine grassland and fynbos.
Swift, African Palm
Natural habitat: It generally prefers savannah with scattered palm trees, but it can also move into towns with indigenous palms.
Swift, Common (European)
Natural habitat: It generally prefers built up areas (with large buildings) or cliffs, rocks and crags, foraging in the surrounding habitat.
Tchagra, Brown-crowned (Three-streaked)
Thick-knee (Dikkop), Spotted
Natural habitat: Prefers riverine vegetation, such as riparian woodland along rivers.
Natural habitat: Moist woodland, but it also occupies valley bushveld, alien plantations, gardens and parks.
Natural habitat: It can occur almost anywhere that has open ground adjacent to water, also favouring the rocky coastline, farms, villages, cultivated land, parks, gardens and urban centres.
Warbler, (European) Marsh
Warbler, African Reed (African Marsh)
Warbler, Lesser Swamp (Cape Reed)
Natural habitat: It occupies a variety of woodland habitats, including miombo (Brachystegia) and other mixed woodland.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers rank vegetation in moist grassland, fynbos and savannah, also occupying moist natural growth bordering on cultivated land and tangled vegetation along rivers and streams.
Weaver, Southern Masked
Natural habitat: Favours semi-arid scrub, open savannah, woodland edges, riverine thicket, farmland with scattered trees, alien tree plantations and gardens.
Natural habitat: It prefers edges and clearings in evergreen forest, also occupying reed-beds adjacent to ponds in suburban parks, alien plantations and cultivated areas.
Natural habitat: It is very common in a wide variety of habitats, including Karoo, fynbos, suburban gardens and parks, evergreen forest, dune scrub, Acacia veld and Eucalyptus plantations.
Natural habitat: It generally prefers grassland, open savannah woodland, hillsides with scattered trees and bushes, sedges and rank grass along watercourses, cultivated croplands and gardens.
Wood-Hoopoe, Green (Red-billed)
Natural habitat: It generally prefers arid and mesic savannahs, open miombo woodland, riverine forest, forest fringes, valley bushveld, thickets and wooded gardens.
Natural habitat: It is most common in woodland and savannah, avoiding arid areas.
Natural habitat: Generally prefers grassland with sparse trees.
Sappi Birds of South Africa
Roberts Birds of South Africa
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