Bladder-Nut / Swartbas, Bostolbas
(SA National Tree number 611)
April’s bird of the month is the Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris).
Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Halcyon albiventris - Photographed by E Stockenstroom, Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy
This month's Bird of the Month is the Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii).
Crested Barbet - photograph courtesy of Operation Wildflower
May’s Bird of the Month is the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) or umLinda-nkomo (Zulu).
Photographed by Eric Stockenstroom
A recent press release of BirdLife, SA (16 April 2015) reports on their research project to study the Secretary bird, launched in 2011 – the same year that the threatened status of the Secretary bird was changed to vulnerable. The report describes the vast distances these birds travel after leaving the nest and the numerous threats they face.