Aves Birding Tours offers simply the ultimate in Birding.

With 98 endemic and 62 near endemic bird species, it is no wonder that Southern Africa should be at the top of any international birder's list. More than 800 spectacular bird species to be seen whilst enjoying the rich botanical heritage, extensive wildlife and vast scenic beauty. The First World infrastructure, fine food and wine and great hospitality, makes it a must-visit destination.

In Southern Africa, Aves Birding Tours offer unique tours which focus on important birding areas, day tours and customized tours in the rest of Africa. Our unique tours offer luxurious accommodation, a maximum of six birders per tour and an unrushed schedule.

Please peruse our tours online or contact us on +27 21 674 0836 or +27 72 647 7904 . Alternatively complete the online booking enquiry.



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Aves bird of the week - Spotted Crake - Porzana porzana

Spotted Crake

The Spotted Crake – Porzana porzana - is a small wetland bird, of the family Rallidae. It  breeds throughout Europe from southern Scandinavia to the northern Mediterranean, also reaching central and western Asia. They winter along the eastern spine of the African continent, as far down as South Africa. 


The spotted crake is only the size of a starling. White spots on the breast, neck and upperparts are distinctive. Breeding adults have a brown back with dark streaks, a blue-grey face and an olive-brown breast - all covered with white flecks and spots. They have green legs with long toes. The under tail is a warm buff colour. In flight the leading edge of the wing is white. The sexes are similar.


The spotted crake has an extensive vocal repertoire ranging from a quiet ‘hui’ to, when alarmed, a hard ‘eh’ and a ‘tshick’ used for warning. In Southern Africa these crakes are usually silent.


Insects, snails, worms, small fish and plant materials.


Breeding pairs of spotted crake are monogamous, but only for the duration of the breeding season. The nest is built near water among thick vegetation or in a tussock. Eggs are laid by the female spotted... more

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