Bird Folk

Originally a group of 1930's industrial buildings, 44 Stanley is now a collection of shops, studios and restaurants surrounding plant-filled courtyards. The well-established threes within the centre, as well as the sports fields and green belt along the nearby Braamfontein Spruit attract an abundance of bird life.

An ordinary day at 44 Stanley features a variety of bird song with some of the more adventurous birds sweeping down to snatch sugar packets off café tables. Bird feeders carefully hung by plant lover/groundkeeper - Henk of Bonsai Studio, hang from trees to attract more birds and every January, brave (and alarmingly camouflaged) Spotted Thick-Knees manage to nest in the Owl Street parking lot. We are always grateful to Shabani and his team who redirect drivers to other parking bays.

Although we all love the birds, it was Bret from Mr Vinyl, a keen birder who has been documenting our bird life, that inspired this online exhibition.

Scroll down to enjoy Bird Folk, an illustration exhibition celebrating the birdlife at 44 Stanley by various South African illustrators and artists.


Hadeda Ibis

‘Like a Ha-Ha-Hadeda'

By Imile Wepener

The hadeda ibis (Bostrychia hagedash), also called hadada, is an ibis native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is named for its loud three to four note calls uttered in flight especially in the mornings and evenings when they fly out or return to their roost trees.

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Southern Masked Weaver

‘Don’t leave the nest without your mask.'

By Joh Del

The southern masked weaver (Ploceus velatus), or African masked weaver, is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa. This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks. In breeding plumage, the adult male is bright yellow with a black face and red eye.

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African Black Duck

By Megan Bird

The African black duck (Anas sparsa), also known as the black river duck, West African black duck, or Ethiopian black duck is a species of duck of the genus Anas. It is a black duck with pronounced white marks on its back, a dark bill, and orange legs and feet. A purpish-blue speculum is often visible, especially in flight. It lives in central and southern Africa.

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Egyptian Goose

‘iNyoni ka Nyoni - The Bird of A Bird’

By Ndumiso Nyoni

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck. Considered sacred by the by the Ancient Egyptians, it appeared in much of their artwork and its popularity as an ornamental bird, has resulted in feral populations becoming established throughout the world.

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African Paradise Flycatcher

‘Birds of Paradise'

By Mariska Jansen

The African paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) is a medium-sized passerine bird. The bird is boldly coloured with the male tail feathers extended into streamers. It generally inhabits open forest and savanna, and is a locally common resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara.

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Cape Sparrow (Mossie)

‘Sweet-Toothed Sparrow'

By Tyla Mason

The Cape sparrow (Passer melanurus), or mossie, is a bird of the sparrow family Passeridae found in southern Africa. A medium-sized sparrow, it has distinctive plumage, including large pale head stripes in both sexes. The species inhabits semi-arid savannah, cultivated areas, and towns, and ranges from the central coast of Angola to eastern South Africa and Swaziland.

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Dark Capped Bulbul

By Adrie le Roux

The dark-capped bulbul (Pycnonotus tricolor) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is found in central, eastern and south-eastern Africa. It is a mostly greyish brown above and whitish brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head.

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Spotted Thick-knee

By Keya Tama

The spotted thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) also known as the spotted dikkop or Cape thick-knee, is a wader in the family Burhinidae. It is native to tropical regions of central and southern Africa. It has distinct long legs and brown-and-white speckled plumage which provides camouflage, making it difficult to spot the bird in the grasslands and savannas where it roams. Its head is large and round with a prominent yellow eye and a short, stout beak.

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Red Winged Starling

By Jess Jardim-Wedepohl

The red-winged starling (Onychognathus morio) is a bird of the starling family Sturnidae native to eastern Africa from Ethiopia to the Cape in South Africa. It prefers cliffs and mountainous areas for nesting, and has moved into cities and towns due to similarity to its original habitat. The male has iridescent black plumage, with chestnut flight feathers, which are particularly noticeable in flight.

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African Wattled Lapwing

By Jean de Wet

The African wattled lapwing or Senegal wattled plover (Vanellus senegallus) is a large and widespread species of lapwing in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a resident breeder in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests, although it has seasonal movements. It is easily recognized with its bright white forehead, yellow legs and beak and the obvious yellow wattle on the face.

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Karoo Thrush

By Paper Snap

The Karoo thrush (Turdus smithi) also known as Smith's thrush, is a member of the thrush family in Africa. A typical mostly olive-brown thrush, with coloration restricted to the centre of the belly. It occupies dense scrub and thickets in arid savanna and Karoo, grassland, and urban gardens on the South African highveld. The species gives a varied song and typical thrush “chk-chk” or thin “tseeep” calls.

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Rock Pigeon

‘Rock my world'

By Nina Torr

The speckled pigeon (Columba guinea), or (African) rock pigeon, is a pigeon that is a resident breeding bird in much of Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common and widespread species in open habitats over much of its range, although there are sizable gaps in its distribution. It is sometimes referred to as a Guinea Pigeon due to its similar colouring to some species of guineafowl.

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Cape Robin

‘City Robin'

By Eva Faerch

The Cape Robin Chat (Cossypha caffra) (often incorrectly known as Robins due to colonial influence) is a song-filled bird that bears an orange throat and a striking white speculum, which separates the blackish lores and ear coverts from the crown. It has become one of the most familiar and easily identifiable birds in South Africa because it has adapted well to living alongside humans in their gardens.

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Fiscal Flycatcher

By Fiona Pole

The fiscal flycatcher (Melaenornis silens) is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. It is a resident breeder in Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland, and a vagrant to Namibia. This species is found in subtropical open woodland, dry savanna, shrubland and suburban gardens.

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