Raeesah Habib

Raeesah Habib is a South African conservationist and freelance writer. She completed a diploma in nature conservation in 2016 through the University of South Africa (UNISA). During her internship, she spent a year working with wattled cranes on the Wattled Crane Recovery Programme (WCRP).

The program aims to prevent the local extinction of the wattled crane in Southern Africa through the release of captive-reared individuals into critically endangered wild populations across the country. During her time at the research facility, she was also responsible for the general monitoring and husbandry of other magnificent species, including blue cranes and secretary birds.

Following her internship, she was fortunate to have worked in some spectacular wilderness areas across the country, including the Cradle of Humankind, the Kruger National Park, and the northern Zululand. As a wildlife monitor, her responsibilities included conducting bird point counts. Birds surveys are a useful means to collect data on the avian populations in an area. The data helps researchers gain an understanding of population trends and ecosystem health.

When not in the field, Rae enjoys writing to share her passion, knowledge, and experiences with others.

African green broadbill

Birds of the African Rainforests (With Pictures)

The rainforests of Africa are a treasure trove of biodiversity, boasting an incredible array of flora and fauna. Among the myriad of species that call these lush habitats home, birds stand out as the most vibrant and diverse inhabitants of the...

Crowned sandgrouse

Birds of the Sahara (With Pictures)

The African continent, with its diversity of landscapes, houses the third-largest desert in the world. At over 9 million square kilometres, the Sahara stretches across the north, from the Red Sea and the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, encompassing...

Peregrine falcon

Africa’s Birds of Prey (With Pictures)

Raptors are the supreme predators of the skies. Adapted for the hunt, they are equipped with sharp vision, large wings, hooked bills, and powerful talons.  Birds of prey are generally associated with hunting large vertebrates. However, many non...

Tawny eagle

The Eagles of Africa

The quintessential bird of prey and symbol of strength, courage, and prestige, among others—varying across cultures, the eagle is one of the most heralded animals on Earth. Eagles belong to the Accipteridae family, which includes other hook-billed...

Black-collared barbet

17 Garden Birds of South Africa (With Pictures)

With twenty National Parks, thousands of nature reserves, and over 100 bird sanctuaries, South Africa remains a sought-after destination for birding and wildlife viewing. But with the sheer diversity and abundance of birdlife, you don’t even need to...

African scops owl

The Owls of Africa

From folklore to pop culture, owls have fascinated humans for centuries. These peculiar birds of prey belong to the order Strigiformes, comprising over 200 species – around 50 of which can be found on the African continent. There are two...


Safari Birds of South Africa

A visit to South Africa would be incomplete without a trip to the bush. And there is a lot more than the Big Five to look out for. Birdlife in South Africa is reflective of the sheer diversity that can be found here. And birding tours are becoming...

Southern yellow-billed hornbill

Birds of South Africa

The southernmost land of the African continent is home to over 700 resident bird species, with around 850 species recorded in the region. South Africa’s diverse environment offers nine biomes for its abundance of birdlife. Most of the country lies...

Violet-backed starling

15 of The Most Beautiful Birds of Africa

The African continent is a veritable Shangri-La for wildlife and birding, from the Sahara Desert to the Great Plains, from the sub-Saharan grasslands to the rainforests of tropical Africa. While South America and Asia boast some of the world’s most...

Boat-tailed Grackle

Ravens vs Crows vs Blackbirds – How to tell them apart

Oh black bird, what omen doth ye bring? Since ancient times, ravens and crows have been perceived as harbingers of darkness. In Greek and Roman mythology, ravens are associated with Apollo—the god of prophecy, or Phoebus, as the Romans would say...