Unique African gifts for bird lovers

Unique African gifts for bird lovers

Molo Wethu features many animal sculptures in the online store. These are always unique mammals, reptiles and birds that are native to Africa. They can often be spotted on safaris and visits to this beautiful continent. Africa has many opportunities for animal-spotting and some businesses revolve entirely around bird watching. Photographic safaris, guided tours and bird-watching expeditions are a common holiday option for foreigners visiting Africa.

Bird watchers, affectionately called ‘twitchers’, flock to Africa to get a glimpse of some of the world’s most colourful and unique species. These holidays and special bird sightings can be remembered with a unique memento – a sculpture of an African bird that is painstakingly handcrafted from recycled metals. These sculptures also make ideal gifts for bird lovers that have yet to visit the continent and see our magnificent birdlife in person.

Bird sculptures available

Molo Wethu has six different bird sculptures available for purchase online. We are able to deliver these products worldwide. These artworks are charismatic representations of Africa’s feathered fauna and can create some special conversations with guests and visitors who appreciate them. To make a special gift for a bird lover, consider attaching photos and a description of the real birds to these sculptures. The following bird sculptures are currently available:

African Hoopoe – This unique bird is unmistakable and is the only one of its species that can be found in Southern Africa. The African Hoopoe is found in a wide range of habitats, including gardens and suburban areas. They use their long, curved beaks to probe the ground for insects and other invertebrates. This bird gets its name from its call – a characteristic “hoop hoop hoop” that is repeated a number of times. The crest is often held down but the Hoopoe raises it when alarmed or excited.

African Hornbill – There are many different species of hornbill that can be found in Southern Africa; 10 to be exact. Although none of them are called ‘African Hornbill’, this sculpture could represent seven of these species, including the Red-billed Hornbill which is the inspiration for Zazu, the bird in The Lion King. Hornbills occur in many different regions of Southern Africa and are a common sighting when on safari. They eat insects, fruit and sometimes small mammals.

Cardinal Woodpecker – This bird is identified by its small size and short beak. They can often be heard tapping on trees to gain access to insects and grubs living within the bark. They can be found in most woodland areas of Southern Africa, but prefer to avoid evergreen forests. Cardinal Woodpeckers often occur in pairs while they use their barbed tongues to forage for food inside trees.

Chinstrap Penguin – While it may be hard to believe, Africa does have penguins. The Chinstrap Penguin, however, can be found on the islands between South Africa and Antarctica. They commonly breed on Bouvet Island and sometimes venture to Marion Island. These medium-sized penguins get their name from the thin black chinstrap that stretches from ear to ear, around their necks. Penguins are flightless marine birds that use their flipper-like wings and webbed feet to swim through the ocean, often diving to considerable depths to catch fish. 

Malachite Kingfisher – Perhaps the most beautiful of the Kingfishers found in Africa, the Malachite Kingfisher is a small bird, about sparrow-size, that is found throughout Zimbabwe and in most regions of Mozambique and South Africa. It feeds mainly on small fish and other aquatic animals. They can occur alone or in pairs and are often spotted sitting quietly on reeds or branches above shallow water. Despite their bright colours, Malachite Kingfishers can often be overlooked.

Snowy Owl – Owls have great cultural and religious significance in Africa. There are 12 different species of owl in Southern Africa, but none are called Snowy Owl. Although, this sculpture is more representative of the White-faced Owl – a small owl with distinct ear tufts and round eyes. Owls are nocturnal raptors that feed on rodents, lizards and even fish or crabs. Their incredible senses of sight and hearing allow them to silently hunt at night.

These beautiful sculptures have their own personalities that reflect the nature of the real birds that they represent. They make for perfect gifts for twitchers or serve as nostalgic reminders of bird sightings on a holiday to Africa. These artworks are near-realistic representations but each one is unique as they are all hand-crafted.

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To learn more about Molo Wethu and our bespoke African artworks, please do not hesitate to contact us. Molo Wethu sources, collects and distributes a variety of unique African paintings and sculptures. Visit our online store to purchase these artworks for your home or office – they are ideal for art collectors, travellers and gift-givers.

Molo Wethu supports the needs of differently-abled humans. A portion of the sales from selected products will be donated to organisations that help children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome in South Africa. This also helps to raise awareness of mental health issues in Africa. 

We are able to deliver artworks around the world. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and Molo Wethu product launches, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Take a look at our blog for more informative articles on African art, empowering artists and mental health.

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