Birding

Bramleigh Manor is part of BirdLife South Africa. Our indigenous forest is home to over 200 species of birds.

Birdsong is the soundtrack to life at Bramleigh Manor, from the territorial call of the Knysna Turaco, the plea of the Narina Trogon, night-time laughter of the Wood Owl, Emerald cuckoo, hornbills, cranes – an idyllic setting to be interrupted only by the sound of birds. Enjoy a soul-restoring walk through the forest, below giant Yellowwood trees, with the shy Samango monkeys swinging above, abundant birdlife and calming streams. Hot, dry grassland trails provide panoramic views of Drakensberg. Or curl up with a book next to the fire, relax on the patio and soak up the fresh country air, be soothed by nature.

Our accommodation supports sustainable tourism, without minimising comfort; powered by the sun, complete with electric blankets, energy efficient lighting and appliances. Wood burning stoves efficiently heat the rooms, using sustainably harvested alien wood. Water is supplied from a forest stream, filtered and ready to drink, cool, straight from the tap. Natural cleaning products provide a fresh fragrance. Sample farm fresh organic produce and eggs. Picnic breakfasts and light dinners available on request.

List of birds found at Bramleigh Manor and surrounding estates:

(Robert’s Bird Book reference number) Compiled by R.Lindie
Ref Bird Name Ref Bird Name
8 Dabchick 452 Redbilled Wood Hoopoe
55 Whitebreasted Comorant 455 Trumpeter Hornbill
58 Reed Comorant 463 Ground Hornbill
60 Darter 464 Blackcollared Barbet
62 Grey Heron 469 Redfronted Tinker Barbet
63 Blackheaded Heron 473 Crested Barbet
65 Purple Heron 474 Greater Honeyguide
67 Little Egret 480 Ground Woodpecker
71 Cattle Egret 483 Goldentailed Woodpecker
81 Hamerkop 486 Cardinal Woodpecker
83 White Stork 488 Olive Woodpecker
91 Sacred Ibis 494 Rufous Naped Lark
92 Bald Ibis 518 European Swallow
94 Hadeda Ibis 520 Whitethroated Swallow
95 African Spoonbill 526 Greater Striped Swallow
99 Whitefaced Duck 527 Lesser Striped Swallow
102 Egyptian Goose 529 Rock Martin
103 South African Shelduck 530 House Martin
104 Yellowbilled Duck 534 Banded Martin
105 African Black Duck 536 Black Saw-wing Swallow
108 Redbilled Teal 538 Black Cuckooshrike
112 Cape Shoveller 540 Grey Cuckooshrike
113 Shouthern Pochard 541 Forktailed Drongo
116 Spurwinged Goose 545 Blackheaded Oriole
118 Secretary Bird 547 Black Crow
119 Bearded Vulture 548 Pied Crow
122 Cape Vulture 554 Southern Black Tit
126 Yellowbilled Kite 565 Bush Blackcap
127 Black Shouldered Kite 568 Blackeyed Bulbul
128 Cuckoo Hawk 569 Terrestrial Bulbul
131 Black Eagle 572 Sombre Bulbul
139 Longcrested Eagle 577 Olive Thrush
140 Martial Eagle 580 Groundscraper Thrush
141 Crowned Eagle 588 Buffstreaked Chat
148 African Fish Eagle 589 Familiar Chat
149 Steppe Buzzard 596 Stone Chat
150 Forest Buzzard 598 Chorister Robin
152 Jackal Buzzard 601 Cape Robin
155 Redbreasted Sparrowhawk 606 Starred Robin
157 Little Sparrowhawk 625 Icterine Warbler
158 Black Sparrowhawk 639 Barratt’s Warbler
160 African Goshawk 643 Willow Warbler
165 African Marsh Harrier 644 Yellow Throated Warbler
169 Gymnogene/African Harrier Hawk 648 Yellowbreasted Apalis
170 Osprey 645 Barthroated Apalis
171 Peregrine Falcon 657 Greenbacked Bleating Warbler
172 Lanner Falcon 661 Grassbird
180 Eastern Redfooted Kestrel 666 Cloud Cisticola
192 Redwing Francolin 672 Rattling Cisticola
196 Natal Francolin 679 Lazy Cisticola
198 Rednecked Francolin 681 Neddicky
199 Swainsons Francolin 683 Tawny Flanked Prinia
200 Common Quail 686b Drakensberg Prinia
203 Helmeted Guinea Fowl 690 Dusky Flycatcher
207 Wattled Crane 694 Black Flycatcher
208 Blue Crane 698 Fiscal Flycatcher
209 Crowned Crane 700 Cape Batis
210 African Rail 708 Blue Mantled Flycatcher
213 Black Crake 710 Paradise Flycatcher
218 Buffspotted Flufftail 713 Cape Wagtail
223 Purple Gallinule 716 Grassveld Pipit
226 Common Moorhen 717 Longbilled Pipit
228 Redknobbed Coot 727 Orangethroated Longclaw
231 Stanley’s Bustard 728 Yellowthroated Longclaw
255 Crowned Plover 732 Fiscal Shrike
258 Blacksmith Plover 736 Southern Boubou
260 Watted Plover 740 Puffback Shrike
284 Ruff 746 Bokmakierie
286 Ethiopian Snipe 750 Olive Bush Shrike
298 Water Dikkop 759 Pied Starling
349 Rock Pigeon 764 Glossy Starling
350 Rameron Pigeon 769 Redwinged Starling
352 Redeyed Dove 774 Gurney’s Sugarbird
354 Cape Turtle Dove 775 Malachite Sunbird
355 Laughing Dove 783 Lesser Doublecollared Sunbird
356 Namaqua Dove 785 Greater Doublecollared Sunbird
359 Tambourine Dove 790 Olive Sunbird
370 Knysna Lourie/Turaco 792 Black Sunbird
377 Redchested Cuckoo 796 Cape White Eye
378 Black Cuckoo 801 House Sparrow
380 Great Spotted Cuckoo 803 Cape Sparrow
384 Emerald Cuckoo 804 Grey Headed Sparrow
385 Klaas’ Cuckoo 807 Thickbilled Weaver
386 Diederik Cuckoo 811 Spottedbacked Weaver
391 Burchell’s Coucal 813 Cape Weaver
392 Barn Owl 814 Masked Weaver
393 Grass Owl 824 Red Bishop
394 Wood Owl 826 Golden Bishop
395 Marsh Owl 828 Redshouldered Widow
400 Cape Eagle Owl 831 Redcollared Widow
401 Spotted Eagle 832 Longtailed Widow
411 European Swift 840 Bluebilled Firefinch
412 Black Swift 844 Blue Waxbill
415 Whiterumped Swift 846 Common Waxbill
417 Little Swift 850 Swee Waxbill
418 Alpine Swift 852 Quail Finch
424 Speckled Mousebird 857 Bronze Mannikin
427 Narina Trogan 860 Pintailed Wydah
428 Pied Kingfisher 864 Black Widowfinch
429 Giant Kingfisher 869 Yelloweyed Canary
431 Malachite Kingfisher 872 Forest Canary
435 Brown Hooded Kingfisher 871 Bully Canary
446 European Roller 881 Streakyheaded Canary
451 Hoopoe 884 Goldenbreasted Bunting

 

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