Zululand ringing

Three short sessions of ringing in a garden (29-31 July 2019) near Umfolozi River Lodge yielded 77 birds of 22 species. The garden is in a Sappi plantation but some indigenous trees attract a wide variety of interesting species. The photos below show selected species pairs. Several birds were recaptured from ringing visits over the last few years.


Red-fronted Tinker Barbet
Red-fronted Tinkerbird


Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird


African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Paradise-Flycatcher


Black-throated Wattle-eye
Black-throated Wattle-eye

Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Mannikin


Red-backed Mannikin
Red-backed Mannikin


Totals of birds ringed and recaptured in Sappi forest garden, 29-31 July 2019


  Species   Latin  n
  Red-eyed Dove   Streptopelia semitorquata  3
  Tambourine Dove   Turtur tympanistria  2
  Speckled Mousebird   Colius striatus  1
  Brown-hooded Kingfisher   Halcyon albiventris  1
  Black-collared Barbet   Lybius torquatus  2
  Red-fronted Tinkerbird   Pogoniulus pusillus  1
  Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird   Pogoniulus bilineatus  4
  Crested Barbet   Trachyphonus vaillantii  1
  Lesser Striped Swallow   Hirundo abyssinica  1
  Dark-capped Bulbul   Pycnonotus tricolor  2
  Black-throated Wattle-eye   Platysteira peltata  1
  African Paradise-Flycatcher   Terpsiphone viridis  1
  Olive Sunbird   Cyanomitra olivacea  2
  House Sparrow   Passer domesticus  1
  Lesser Masked-Weaver   Ploceus intermedius  5
  Village Weaver   Ploceus cucullatus  8
  Yellow Weaver   Ploceus subaureus  2
  Bronze Mannikin   Spermestes cucullatus  7
  Red-backed Mannikin   Spermestes bicolor  8
  Common Waxbill   Estrilda astrild  1
  Yellow-fronted Canary   Crithagra mozambicus  2
  Cape White-eye   Zosterops virens  21

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Dieter is a qualified Bird Ringer and trainer, registered bird guide, and Weaver expert. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond.