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 Post subject: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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It would be interesting to know. What is the most rarest bird you've seen for the Kruger National Park?

Of Kruger's rarest, I have the following on my list:

Booted Eagle
Common Quail (no photographic proof, but it was confirmed by 10 other birders and the trails guide Leon Serfontein during a Sweni trail in July 2004.)
Red-knobbed Coot
Senegal Coucal
Grey-backed Sparrowlark
Common Myna
Fan-tailed Widowbird

Out of the lot, it is difficult to pick one but my vote would go to either Booted Eagle or Red-knobbed Coot.

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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Lekker list there WTM!!

I would say mine too would be the Booted Eagle and Red Knobbed Coot. It was quite weird seeing that Coot at Ngotso last year!!

Other nice birds that I have seen in Kruger that one doesn't see too often would be:

Dusky Lark,
Peregrine Falcon,
Great White Pelican,
Yellow Billed Egret,
Fawn Coloured Lark
Buffy pipit


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Orange-winged Pytilia :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Interesting topic.
Not all these are rare in Kruger, but if one does not visit places with organized birding weekends, chances are small of finding some
My rarest bird seen in Kruger was Corn Crake in Jan 2014 close to lower Sabie.
Others are:
White-backed Night-Heron - not that rare but difficult to see if you are a normal tourist confined to normal gate times.
Dwarf Bittern
Ayer's Hawk-Eagle
Senegal Coucal
Rudd's Apalis - Close to Moz border.
Grey-rumped Swallow - seen way back in Sept 2008 and aided with the ID by WTM. I was still a little inexperienced back then. Never seen it since.
My personal bogey until Jan Peregrine Falcon. Not rare, but I have looked for it at all the right places and it pitches up in Flat grassland south of Lower Sabie.

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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Yes - good topic .

My contributions for personal rarest sightings are :

Cape Teal (Mooiplaas August 2004)
Hottentot Teal
Larklike Bunting
Flappet Lark
Crimson Breasted Shrike
Black Kite
Green Sandpiper
Cape Vulture
Whiskered Tern
Redheaded Finch
Cuckoo Finch
Sacred Ibis
Greater Flamingo

My Kruger wishlist includes - Black Sparrowhawk , Violeteared Waxbill , Caspian Plover , Redbacked Mannikin , Grey Cuckooshrike and Pink Twinspot , if anyone can offer any advise on these .


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Forgot to add - had multiple sightings of African Crake , including with chicks , all aroung Lower Sabie in April 2009 .


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Highbury wrote:
Yes - good topic .

My contributions for personal rarest sightings are :

Cape Teal (Mooiplaas August 2004)
Hottentot Teal
Larklike Bunting
Flappet Lark
Crimson Breasted Shrike
Black Kite
Green Sandpiper
Cape Vulture
Whiskered Tern
Redheaded Finch
Cuckoo Finch
Sacred Ibis
Greater Flamingo

My Kruger wishlist includes - Black Sparrowhawk , Violeteared Waxbill , Caspian Plover , Redbacked Mannikin , Grey Cuckooshrike and Pink Twinspot , if anyone can offer any advise on these .


Only place I have seen Pink Twinspots are on the off tourist roads near Pafuri - Sandveld area. Best bet is to do the BBW in Punda.


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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I have no idea what is rare or not, but my best Kruger bird sighting was probably Allen's gallinule.

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Pink-throated Twinspot - Sandveld along the Mozambican border. As Daan said, either with BBW or on the Lebombo 4x4 route.
Violet-eared Waxbill - only once, at Renosterkoppies dam.
And then then Black Sparrowhawks at Punda.

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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Im, with you BB, If Red-knobbed coot was not mentioned i would not give it second thought that it could be rare..

So what is seen as rare?


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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How I understand it, the topic is about what is rare for Kruger..Not particularly rare for SA


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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thats how i understand it too, but what is rare for Kruger, how does one know?


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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There is a very nice KNP checklist that was compiled that gives most of the 500 odd species that have been recorded in Kruger a detailed declaration of what the status is of them all..

There is also a nice +- 100 species list where it describes them being accepted species that could show up in Kruger erratically. Once again most of these birds are highveld or coastal birds such as Coot's, Common Fiscal, Bokmakierie, Flamingo etc etc

Coot's are regarded as erratic rare visitors to Kruger.

I am sure you have this list? Otherwise I will email it to you.


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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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Interesting Dan,

I have often seen common fiscals on the way to and not far from the park, but never inside.

Like the PCG that was considered rare in WCNP, they are not too difficult to spot outside.

I wouldn't mind a list too please.

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 Post subject: Re: Your most rarest Kruger bird
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I will email it to you BB :wink:

This list was compiled a couple of years ago, so probably not the most up to date as it still shows Myna to be very rare in KNP, but we all know that is slowly changing.


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