Beautiful birds of Botswana

We have encountered some truly spectacular birds while touring the Okavango Delta.  Some are so spectacular that I just keep taking photos of them.

Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Rollers are the national bird of Botswana.  They are fairly common in open woodland perched on a bare limb hunting of insects, small lizards, scorpions, snails, or even smaller birds.

Lilac-breasted Roller

This pair were engaging in a little courtship feeding to cement their pair bond.

and then there are the Bee-eaters, another photogenic group.

Little Bee-eater

Little Bee-eaters, like other Bee-eaters sport a richly colored plumage of green and gold.  They are typically found sallying out from bare branches in pursuit of insects.

carmine bee-eater

The Carmine bee-eater is such a bright pink it can be seen at quite a distance as it perches on bare branches waiting for a hapless insect to fly by.

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatchers are half the size of our North American Belted Kingfisher but every bit as feisty. This one was hovering over a small pond and diving for small fish.

African Hoopoe

African Hoopoes are the only species in their family but are widely distributed across Southern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.  They are distantly related to the kingfishers, rollers, and bee-eaters.  Hoopoes are unique in being able to open their slender bill when it is inserted into the soil, enabling them to grab and extract soil organisms.

And there so many more that escaped my lens.  What a fabulous place for birds the Okavango Delta is.

9 thoughts on “Beautiful birds of Botswana

  1. Beautiful shots, Sue, of some colorful and unusual birds. What a joy it must be to visit a place so different from what you are used to seeing and with a whole new world of wildlife.

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