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This photo gallery represents all the species that occur in the geographical boundaries of the Western Cape, currently over 500 species.
This includes resident, migrant, rare and vagrant species.
This geographic region contains many varied habitats and as such, some species may be common in a particular habitat, but absent from others.

Species are alpha indexed in separate pages by English family names. A-B, C, D-E etc. 

The gallery here covers species families S3 & S4. As we develop and finish other families, separate pages will be added.

Click on the relevant tab ie: ‘S3’ = Spoonbill – Sugarbird. ‘S4’ = Sunbird – Swift.

These pages viewed on small devices ie tablets or cell phones show a white strip across the images. This is unavoidable and a symptom of the software. To see the full image without the strip just tap on the image for a full screen display.

Photographers have given permission to use any of these photos for education purposes only.
For Commercial use the copyright resides with the photographer.
Species are alpha indexed by English family names. Click on the relevant tab ie: 'B' = Buzzards.

African Spoonbill – Greg Morgan, Derek Longrigg

Cape Spurfowl – Otto Schmidt

Red-necked Spurfowl – Graham Pringle, Lesley Bust

Black-bellied Starling – Lesley Bust, Otto Schmidt

Common Starling – Otto Schmidt, Lesley Bust

Cape Glossy Starling – Graham Pringle, Otto Schmidt

Pale-winged Starling – Graham Pringle, Otto Schmidt

Pied Starling – Lesley Bust, Ian Malcolm-Rijsdyk

Red-winged Starling – Derek Longrigg

Wattled Starling – Peter Hills, Otto Schmidt

Black-winged Stilt – Greg Morgan, Derek Longrigg

Red-necked Stint – AWAITING PHOTO

Little Stint – Simon Fogarty, Otto Schmidt, Lesley Bust

Temminck’s Stint – Michael Mason

African Stonechat – Lesley Bust, Otto Schmidt, Derek Longrigg

Abdim’s Stork – Otto Schmidt

Black Stork – Otto Schmidt

Marabou Stork – Lesley Bust

White Stork – Derek Longrigg, Daryl de Beer

Yellow-billed Stork – Lesley Bust, Derek Longrigg

Cape Sugarbird – Derek Longrigg, Lindsay MacDonald, Peter Steyn

Amethyst Sunbird – Derek Longrigg, Otto Schmidt

Collared Sunbird – Otto Schmidt

Dusky Sunbird – Otto Schmidt

Greater Double-collared Sunbird – Frank Hallett, Otto Schmidt

Grey Sunbird – Otto Schmidt, Sandy Schmidt

Malachite Sunbird – Frank Hallett, Derek Longrigg

Orange-breasted Sunbird – Daryl de Beer, John Rogers, Otto Schmidt

Southern Double-collared Sunbird – Greg Morgan, Myburgh Brink, Otto Schmidt

Barn Swallow – Otto Schmidt, Derek Longrigg

Greater Striped Swallow – Daryl de Beer, Graham Pringle, MG

Lesser Striped Swallow – Lesley Bust, Derek Longrigg

Pearl Breasted Swallow – Frank Hallett, Otto Schmidt

White-throated Swallow – Lesley Bust, Graham Pringle

African Purple Swamphen (Gallinule) – John Fincham, Rita Meyer

African Black Swift – Cliff Dorse

African Palm Swift – Peter Ryan

Alpine Swift – Lesley Bust, Peter Ryan

Common Swift – Peter Ryan

Horus Swift – Peter Ryan

Little Swift – Peter Ryan

White-rumped Swift – Peter Ryan, Mike Buckham