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BIRDING INHASSOR MOZAMBIQUE
There are excellent opportunities for birding Mozambique, with an array of species found across the various nature reserves, beaches, lagoons, forests and woodlands of this beautiful country. A pair of binoculars and a Mozambique bird guide are essential items to bring along if you are a keen birdwatcher.
With a vast number of habitats, Mozambique birds are abundant – with over 700 species to be found, ranging from coastal birds to woodland and forest species, as well as wetlands species such as waders. Birds of prey can also be found, alongside a number of endemic Southern Africa species and migratory species from other parts of Africa and beyond.

At the lodge we have preserved some of the natural fauna to entice a health population of resident birds. The gallery below shows birds that have been photographed within the lodge grounds and on the beach in front of the lodge.

We recently stated photographing the birds in 2012 and will update our little datadase over time. Hope you enjoy as I have and any comments or advice is most welcomed mail: derek@futuregroup.co.za or visit our Facbook page and give a comment

Bea Eater Little Bee-eater, Merops pusillus. Cashewbay Lodge, Inhassoro, Mozambique.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It has green upper parts, yellow throat, black gorget, and rich brown upper breast fading to buffish ocre on the belly. The wings are green and brown, and the beak is black. Often silent, their call is a soft "seep". Predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets.



Striped Kingfisher Striped Kingfisher, Halcyon chelicuti, probably male, Cashewbay Lodge, Inhassoro.
The call is distinctive, "a high-pitched, piercing 'cheer-cherrrrrr'"or a far-carrying "KEW, kerrrrrrrrr" in which the rs represent a repeated descending trill lower in pitch than the first note. Mostly greyish brown on the upper part of the body. The lower back, secondary flight feathers, and tail are metallic blue. A black line goes around the back of the neck, above the white collar, and through the eyes. The bill is blackish above and at the tip, otherwise reddish-orange below.
Striped Kingfisher Striped Kingfisher Striped Kingfisher

 


Blackeyed_Bulbul Black-eyed Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus tricolor, Cashewbay Lodge, Inhassoro.
The bill is fairly short and straight. The bill, legs and feet are black and the eye is dark brown with a dark eye-ring, which is not readily visible. Mostly greyish-brown above and whitish-brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head. As with other bulbuls they are active and noisy birds. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick. This species eats fruit, nectar and insects.
Blackeyed_Bulbul Blackeyed_Bulbul Blackeyed_Bulbul

Turnstone Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpre, is a small wading bird. It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide.
The legs are fairly short at 3.5 centimetres and are bright orange. The plumage is dominated by a harlequin-like pattern of black and white. Breeding birds have reddish-brown upper parts with black markings.
Turnstone Turnstone Turnstone



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