South Africa - November 2001 - Species Lists

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In these lists I hope to give you an idea where and how regular we saw the species. However it is often difficult to give exact and useful information. Altogether we identified about 330 bird species and 44 mammal species on the trip. Of more than 170 species we took photos. To view the photos in bigger size just click on the small icons in the bird list.

The Birds
African Black Drongo
Other Animals

Birds we met in South Africa:

The names in the bird lists are from SASOL Birds of Southern Africa. This was the fieldguide we used and we also used the "old fashioned" ordering system in this book. The numbers given with the name in the bird species are used in most of the fieldguides and also on checklists or bird sound tapes. These numbers are from Roberts' Bird of Southern Africa.
There have been some splits recently, especially with larks but also with other birds. Since we didn't have the literature to follow every recent split some of the birds might be named a little bit "incorrect". Some species, again especially larks but also pipits etc., are very hard to be told apart for birdwatchers having no experiencence with South African Birds, nevertheless we have tried to do our best!
To view the photos in bigger size just click on the small icons in the bird lists. The following should give you an idea where to find the birds you are looking for:

Ostrich to Falcon
OstrichPygmy Falcon
Francolin to Woodpecker
Cape FrancolinSouthern Yellowbilled Hornbill
Lark to Longclaw
Whitethroated SwallowSpotted Prinia
Shrike to Bunting
Fiscal ShrikeCape Bunting

You may also use the following very brief systematic:

Part I Ostrich, Penguin, Grebes, Albatrosses, Petrels, Pelican, Gannet, Cormorants, Herons Hamerkop, Ibisses, Spoonbill, Flamingos, Ducks, Birds of Prey
Part II Francolins, Crane, Rails, Bustards, Jacana, Waders, Gulls, Terns, Sandgrouses, Doves, Turacos, Cuckoos, Owls, Swifts, Mousebirds, Kingfisher, Beeeater, Hornbill, Woodpeckers
Part III Larks, Swallows, Cuckooshrike, Drongo, Oriole, Crows, Tits, Bulbuls, Thrushs, Wheatears, Chats, Robins, Titbabbler, Warbler, Cisticolas, Prinias, Flycatcher, Wagtail, Pipits
Part IV Shrikes, Starlings, Sunbirds, Whiteeye, Weavers, Sparrows, Finchs, Widows, Canaries, Buntings etc.
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The species names of the mammals follow the Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa by Chris and Tilde Stuart. The German mammal names are from the book Säugetiere des Südlichen Afrikas by Gus Mills and Lex Hes.

Species Name
Observations, Remarks
Savanna Baboon
(Papio cyanocephalus ursinus)
Common in rocky areas like Cape of Good Hope peninsula, De Hoop Nature Reserve or Travellers Rest, Sevilla Trail.
Vervet Monkey
(Chlorocebus aethiops)
Grüne Meerkatze
2 at Natures Valley on 15.11.
Cape Hare
(Lepus capensis)
Scrub Hare
(Lepus saxatilis)
Smith's Red Rock Rabbit
(Pronolagus rupestris)
1 near the campground in Springbok on 1.12.
Ground Squirrel
(Xeruy inauris)
Very common in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Grey Squirrel
(Sciusrus carolinensis)
Introduced species (from N. America), abundant in some parks in Cape Town, e.g. Constablers Garden
(Pedetes capensis)
Common during the night drives in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Dassie Rat
(Petromus typicus)
1 at Onseepkans on 29.11. and 1 in Namaqua National Park on 1.12.
Striped Mouse
(Rhabdomys pumilio)
Most common mouse species, especially in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, but also in the south.
Brants's Whisling Rat
(Parotomys brantsii)
Brants' Pfeifratte
Some of the bigger rodents in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park belong probably to this species.
Cape Fox
(Vulpes chama)
1 on a night drive starting from Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on 23.11.
Bat-eared Fox
(Otocyon megalotis)
Common in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, mostly on night drives.
Black-backed Jackal
(Canis mesomelas)
Common in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, at Nossob also on the campground.
Striped Polecat
(Ictonyx striatus)
1 crossing the road between between Upington and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on 23.11., 1 on a "private" night drive near Pofadder 29.11.
Small Grey Mongoose
(Galerella pulverulenta)
Some greyish mongoose we saw in the south probably belong to this species.
Slender Mongoose
(Galerella sanguinea)
1 between Nossob and Unions End on 26.11. and 1 near Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on 28.11.
Yellow Mongoose
(Cynictis penicillata)
(Suricata suricatta)
1 group between Nossob and Unions End, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on 26.11.
Small-spotted Genet
(Genetta genetta)
1 on a night drive starting from Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on 23.11.
Brown Hyaena
(Hyaena brunnea)
Braune Hyäne
1 crossing the road some km north of Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on 28.11.
African Wild Cat
(Felis (silvestris) lybica)
Nubische Falbkatze
Common in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, especially on night drives.
(Caracal caracal)
Karakal (Wüstenluchs)
1 in the evening in De Hoop Nature Reserve on 13.11.
(Acinonyx jubatus)
Only Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: 2 on 25.11., 5 on 26.11., 1 on 27.11.
(Panthera leo)
Only Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: 3 on 24.11., 7 on 25.11., 1 on 26.11., 6 on 27.11., 3 on 28.11.
(Panthera pardus)
1 at the fence of Nossob campground, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the night from 26.11. to 27.11.
Rock Dassie (Hyrax)
(Procavia capensis)
Common in rocky areas.
Cape Mountain Zebra
(Equus zebra zebra)
Only De Hoop Nature Reserve
(Giraffa camelopardalis)
2 on 24.11. and 9 on 25.11. near Mata Mata, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, 2 at Augrabies Falls National Park on 28.11., all reintroduced.
(Taurotragus oryx)
2 in the Cape of Good Hope Reserve on 11.11., common at De Hoop Nature Reserve.
(Tragelaphus scriptus)
Common in the wet forests of Natures Valley
Gemsbok (Oryx)
(Oryx gazella)
Südafrikanische Oryxantilope
Common in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, 4-5 north of Pofadder on 29.11.
Mountain Reedbuck
(Redunca fulvorufula)
An antelope we saw on while driving the Swartberg Pass high on the rocks belonged probably to this species
Grey Rhebok
(Pelea capreolus)
1 near Bredasdorp on 12.11.
Blue Wildebeest
(Connochaetes taurinus)
Common in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Red Hartebeest
(Alcelaphus buselaphus)
Südafrikanische Kuhantilope
North of Nossob, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
(Damaliscus dorcas dorcas)
Cape of Good Hope and De Hoop Nature Reserve.
(Antidorcas marsupialis)
Common in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Augrabies Falls National Park, those in the south are probably reintroduced.
(Oreotragus oreotragus)
Common in rocky areas, e.g. around Travellers Rest and Augrabies Falls
(Raphicerus campestris)
Common in coastal areas like West Coast National Park
Cape Grysbok
(Rphicerus melanotis)
1 in the evening near De Hoop on 12.11.
Southern Right Wale
(Eubalaena glacialis)
About 5 around the Cape peninsula on 11.11.
Dusky Dolphin
(Lagenorhynchus obscurus)
Dunkler Delphin
Single animals around the boat on the pelagic on 18.11.
Cape Fur Seal
(Arctocephalus pusillus)
Südafrikanischer Seebär
Common in coastal waters of the Cape peninsula, also at Lamberts Bay on 20.11.

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