The Ramsgate Butterfly Valley Mvutshini Valley
(Place of the hippo)

"Butterflies have no boundaries and are free to go anywhere they please - Wherever there may be a host plant - eventually there will be the butterfly - who's host plant it is". Dr. DA Swanepoel 1969

Mvutshini Valley also known as The Butterfly Valley Conservancy

Bird list of Mvutshini Valley

Compiled by Richard Dobson

SA-No Common-Name-R6 Scientific-Name
053 Cape Gannet Morus capensis
055 Whitebreasted Cormorant Phalacrocrax lucidus
058 Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
060 Darter Anhinga rufa
063 Blackheaded heron Ardea melanocephala
065 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
067 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
071 Cattle Egret Bulbulcus ibis
076 Blackcrowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
081 Hamerkop Scopus umbretta
094 Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
102 Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus
104 Yellowbilled Duck Anus undulata
105 African Black Duck Anas sparsa
126 Black Kite Milvus migrans
126.1 Yellowbilled Kite Milvus migrans
127 Blackshouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
139 Long Crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis


Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus
148 African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
157 Little Sparrowhawk Accipiter minullus
158 Black Sparrow Hawk Accipter melanoleucus
160 African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro
196 Natal Francolin Pternistes natalensis
218 Buff-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura Elegans
246 Whitefronted Plover Charadrius marginatus
249 Threebanded Plover Charadrius tricollaris
258 Blacksmith Plover Vanellus armatus
262 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
264 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
270 Greenshank Tringa nebularia
298 Water Dikkop Burhinus vermiculatus
312 Kelp Gull Larus vetula
324 Swift Tern Sterna bergii
326 Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
335 Little Tern Sterna albifrons
348 Feral Pigeon Columba liva
352 Redeyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
354 Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
355 Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
358 Green-spotted Dove Turtur Chalcospilos
359 Tambourine Dove Turtur tympanistria
360 Cinnamon Dove Aplopelia larvarta
361 Green Pigeon Treron calva
370 Knysna Lourie Tauraco corythaix
371 Purplecrested Lourie Tauraco porphyreolophus
377 Redchested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius
385 Klaas's Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas
386 Diederik Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius
391 Burchell's Coucal Centropus burchellii
394 Wood Owl Strix woodfordii
401 Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus
415 Whiterumped Swift Apus caffer
417 Little Swift Apus affinis
421 Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus
424 Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus
427 Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina
428 Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
429 Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima
431 Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata
432 Pygmy Kingfisher Ispidina picta
435 Brownhooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventris
452 Redbilled Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus
455 Trumpeter Hornbill Bycanistes buccinator
460 Crowned Hornbill Tockus alboterminatus
464 Blackcollared Barbet Lybius torquatus
469 Redfronted Tinker Barbet Pogoniulus pusillus
471 Goldenrumped Tinker Barbet Pogoniulus bilineatus
476 Lesser Honeyguide Indicator Minor
483 Goldentailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni
486 Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens
520 Whitethroated Swallow Hirundo albigularis
527 Lesserstriped Swalllow Hirundu abyssinica
529 Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula
536 Black Sawwing Swallow Psalidoprocne holomelas
541 Forktailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimillis
542 Squaretailed Drongo Dicrurus ludwigii
545 Blackheaded Oriole Oriolus larvatus
547 Black Crow Corvus capensis
548 Pied Crow Corvus albus
554 Southern Black Tit Parus niger
568 Blackeyed Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
569 Terrestrial Bulbul Phyllastrephus terrestris
572 Sombre Bulbul Andropadus importunus
577 Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceus
578 Spotted Thrush Zoothera guttata
598 Chorister Robin-Chat Cossypha dichroa
600 Natal Robin Cossypha natalensis
601 Cape Robin Cossypha caffra
613 Whitebrowed Robin Erythropygia leucophrys
616 Brown Robin Erythropygia signata
638 African Sedge Warbler Bradypterus Baboecala
645 Barthroated Apalis Apalis thoracica
657 Bleating Warbler Camaroptera brachyura
678 Croaking Cisticola Cisticola natalensis
683 Twanyflanked Prinia Prinia subflava
690 Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta
691 Bluegrey Flycatcher Muscicapa caerulescens
694 Black Flycatcher Melaenormis pammelaina
698 Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens
700 Cape Batis Batis capensis
701 Chinspot Batis Batis molitor
710 Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis
711 African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp
712 Longtailed Wagtail Motacilla clara
713 Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
728 Yellowthroated Longclaw Macronyx croceus
732 Fiscal Shrike Lanius collaris
736 Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus
740 Puffback Shrike Dryoscopus cubla
742 Southern Tchagra Tchagra tchagra
744 Blackcrowned Tchagra Tchagra senegala
747 Gorgeous Bush Shrike Telophounus Quadricolor
748 Orange-breasted bush Shrike Telophounus Sulfureopectus
750 Olive Bush Shrike Telophonus olivaceus
751 Greyheaded Bush Shrike Malaconotus Blanchoti
757 European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
758 Indian Myna Acridotheres tristis
761 Plumcoloured Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
764 Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitens
768 Blackbellied Starling Lamprotomis corruscus
769 Redwinged Starling Onychognathus morio
780 Purple banded Sunbird Nectarinia bifasiata
789 Grey Sunbird Cyanomitra veroxii
790 Olive Sunbird Cyanomitra olivacea
792 Black Sunbird Chalcomitra amethystina
793 Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris
796 Cape white-eye Zosterops virens
801 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
804 Greyheaded Sparrow Passer diffusus
807 Thickbilled Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons
808 Forest Weaver Ploceus bicolor
810 Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis
811 Spottedbacked Weaver Ploceus cucullatus
817 Yellow Weaver Ploceus subaureus
835 Green Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula
840 Bluebilled Firefinch Lagonostica rubricata
846 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
857 Bronze Mannikin Lonchura cucullata
858 Redbacked Mannikin Lonchura bicolor
860 Pintailed Wydah Vidua macroura
869 Yelloweyed Canary Serinus mozambicus
872 Cape Canary Serinus canicollis

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Welcome to S.A Butterflies

A place for rare butterflies to be and to be protected as they are extremely rare. Only a few have ever been caught - but through our breeding program we have been able to breed over one hundred and have released them back into the wild. Thanks to the dedication of a few who cared for their survival - a very rare butterfly - has been described.