In terms of the bird species, 315 species have been recorded, which is 65.6% of those in the province (n = 480), and 44% of those in the country (n = 718). Considering the IUCN Global Red List (2017), there are two Near Threatened, Vulnerable and Endangered Species, respectively, while there is one Critically Endangered Species. The national Red List (2005) sees there to be 6 Near Threatened and 9 Vulnerable species. Following this, the National TOPS listings, list there to be 3 Vulnerable and 4 Endangered Species.  Thus, all in all, there are 15 bird species of conservation concern, which span all these status categories. Two endemics occur here, the Near Threatened Melodious Lark Mirafra cheniana and the Cape Weaver, Ploceus capensis.


Other noteworthy birds are the three vulture species which occur here, the Cape Vulture, Gyps coprotheres, White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus and Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus. This is an unusually high number of vulture species, especially so for the occurrence of the Lappet-faced Vulture, which normally only occurs in undisturbed game reserves.  Other interesting species include the African finfoot, Podica senegalensis, the White-bellied Korhaan, Eupodotis senegalensis and the Kori Bustard, Ardeotis kori. Mention should also be made of one of South Africa’s most northerly populations of the Blue Crane, Anthropoides paradiseus – South Africa’s national bird.