Undoubtedly Africa’s most striking symbol, and Zambia’s national emblem. The fish-eagle is unmistakable with its white head and breast, chestnut belly and forewings, black under-wings and white tail. Sex alike but female is generally larger.
Voice: Loud, piercing, cheerful yelp. ‘Kyow-kow-kow’ type.
Habitat: Aquatic: rivers, lakes and dams. Feeds on fish.
Range: Sub-Saharan Africa.
Not the most intelligent of creatures :), but rather pretty and intriguing nonetheless! Both sexes have a casque on the head, but the male’s “helmet” is longer.
Voice: ‘krrdii-krrdii-krrdii-krrdii’. Impressive, huh? Who would’ve thought in the first place that I, Africafreak, could speak guineafowl language?! 😉
Habitat: All types of open and wooded grasslands + coastal forests.
Range: Most of Sub-Saharan Africa, except in rainforests and the Somali region.
Grey (Southern) Crowned Crane
Highly characteristic with its stunning bristly crown!
Voice: Trumpeting ‘may hem’ flight call (not to be confused with the Norwegian black metal band lol).
Habitat: Grasslands, flooded plains, marshes and agricultural land.
Range: Most of Eastern and Southern Africa.
A stunningly exquisite bird that you are most likely to encounter during a game drive. “Rolls” in display and explodes in a myriad of colours when giving chase.
Voice: A loud guttural rak-rak sound.
Habitat: Grasslands and wooded acacia savannas. Perches conspicuously, and is habitually found on termite mounds or telephone wires from where it scans the ground for large insects.
Range: The bird’s range coincides with the great wildlife corridors of Eastern and Southern Africa.