Scientific Name: Centropus burchellii
It generally prefers areas with dense vegetation and at least 600 mm of rainfall per year, such as thickets, reedbeds, coastal bush, borders between woodland and grassland and land adjacent to vleis.
Near-endemic to southern Africa, occurring from north-eastern Mozambique and southern Malawi to northern Namibia, northern and south-eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and eastern and southern South Africa.
It is a voracious predator, feeding on small birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.
Interestingly, the male does more work than the female, building the nest, incubating the eggs and doing most of the hunting. The chick’s feet develop quickly, and they are capable of clambering around bushes long before they can fly. They usually leave the nest at 21 days old, after which they are still dependent on their parents for weeks.