The Knysna Touraco is an elusive bird, not so long ago it was nearing extinction but numbers are successfully up and The Country House landscaped gardens are home to dozens of pairs. Where one Touraco flies, another always follows a minute or two later. They have the most extraordinary crimson wings, only visible in flight and their forest green to midnight blue plumage makes them hard to spot in dense foliage until they start their barking call. Our staff would be happy to help you to find them in the morning or the late afternoon. Specialist local birder tours of our gardens at sunrise are a truly memorable experience.
Chorister Robin-chat is usually on hand in and around the House. Also common in the estate are Lemon (Cinnamon) and Red-eyed Dove, Olive Thrush, Terrestrial Brownbul (Bulbul) and Dusky Flycatchers. In the forested areas look out for Knysna Turaco, Emerald Cuckoo, Knysna and Olive Woodpecker, Narina Trogon, Sharp-billed Honeyguide, Grey Cuckooshrike, Knysna Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, White-starred Robin, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher and Cape Batis, although some of these species are elusive.
The Tsitsikamma Forest also hosts the African Crowned Eagle and African Wood Owl, plus some of the accipiters such as African Goshawk and Black Sparrowhawk. In the mountains one should look for Cape Canary, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Black Saw-wing and Ground Woodpecker. Also present, though difficult to spot, are the Protea Canary, Victorin’s Warbler, Striped Flufftail and Cape Siskin.