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Anne’s Birding Tours

Valley thicket

A unique biome – the Valley thicket occurs in hot dry valleys. It extends outwards from our local river valleys and can invade neighbouring eco systems of fynbos, savanna and grassland. It is dense and often impenetrable but rarely exceeds 6m in height. It is home to birds like: Knysna Turaco Black Sparrowhawk Grey Sunbird Brown-hooded Kingfisher Knysna and Olive Woodpeckers and many more

Typical thicket

It is dominated by aloes, euphorbias, cycads and a variety of succulents like crassula and spekboom. It supports more animal life per cubic metre than any other vegetation worldwide.  

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

These minute birds keep up an incessant, monotonous call on one pitch. An incredible 335 unbroken notes have been recorded.   

Crowned Hornbill

A striking feature is the red bill and casque, adeptly used to hawk insects in the air. They also forage for fruit.   
Some other typical species found in this special habitat are the Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Klaas's Cuckoo, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike and African Green Pigeon.
Anne’s Birding Tours

Valley thicket

A unique biome – the Valley thicket occurs in hot dry valleys. It extends outwards from our local river valleys and can invade neighbouring eco systems of fynbos, savanna and grassland. It is dense and often impenetrable but rarely exceeds 6m in height. It is home to birds like: Knysna Turaco Black Sparrowhawk Grey Sunbird Brown-hooded Kingfisher Knysna and Olive Woodpeckers and many more

Typical thicket

It is dominated by aloes, euphorbias, cycads and a variety of succulents like crassula and spekboom. It supports more animal life per cubic metre than any other vegetation worldwide.  

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

These minute birds keep up an incessant, monotonous call on one pitch. An incredible 335 unbroken notes have been recorded.   

Crowned Hornbill

A striking feature is the red bill and casque, adeptly used to hawk insects in the air. They also forage for fruit.   
 Some other typical species found in this special habitat are the Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Klaas's Cuckoo, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike and African Green Pigeon.