Hypargos margaritatus (endemic)
This endemic resident in thornveld thickets and coastal scrub is shy and inconspicuous. Learning its insect-like trill is the best way to locate it.
We first recorded this delightful twinspot in September 2010, while on our way to Shokwe Pan (in the Ndumo Game Reserve) for an early morning bush walk with Joseph Gumede. Tembe Elephant Park and Bonamanzi Game Reserve are also very reliable spots for these sought after finches.
Out of interest, the generic name for this pretty bird; “Hypargos”, means “possessing 100 eyes below”. “Hypo” referring to “under” and “argus” to Argus, the 100-eyed giant in greek mythology. And “Margaritatus” meaning “adorned with pearls”. Quite apt for this tiny twinspot.