Africa

BirdLife South Africa’s List of South African Birds

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South Africa’s premier bird conservation organization, BirdLife South Africa, is responsible for keeping the country’s bird list updated annually. A hard ...

Johannesburg’s Top Birding Sites

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Johannesburg, more readily known as Joburg or Jozi is the largest city in South Africa, and located on the highveld plateau of central South Africa...

African Bird Fair September 2019 Special Offers!

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If you book (with a deposit) onto any of the tours below during either the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival (August 7-11 this year, or...

Cape Town’s Top Birding Spots

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Cape Town is without doubt one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of South Africa, and no visit to South Africa is fully complete without visiting the “Mother…

A Notorious Skulker Revealed

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Have you ever spent over 10 minutes on an infamous skulker, just sitting patiently, waiting for it to give you the briefest of glimpses? OK, OK, of course. But, have…

Zululand: Birding the forests and savannas of the Zulu Kingdom

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Zululand, the area north of the Tugela River and south of the Mozambican border, is perhaps better known for its rich cultural history and big-five ...

Birding the Cape – from the mountains to the deep blue

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When I mention the Cape most tourists will envisage Table Mountain, the dramatic cliffs of Cape Point, and the spectacular flower displays of the west ...

The Famous Birding Cruise to Nowhere – Flock at Sea 2017

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GREY PETREL COMING DOWN PORTSIDE FROM THE BOW” were the words blasting through the miniscule speaker on the guides’ radios. This was of course ...

A “larky” spin through the Northern Cape of South Africa

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Go to All Blogs | African Birding Blogs | Birding Blogs | Endemic Birds Blogs | South African Lark Tour By Jason Boyce Larks, larks, larks … and more wonderful larks! The…

A 5-day twitch to Namibia

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Not only was the first ever Yellow-throated Leaflove discovered just inside the southern African listing region this year, but it was actually not just one individual but a pair of…

Searching for Africa’s most elusive bird

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When asked the question “what is Africa’s most elusive bird species”, most birders would answer that it must be any of the flufftails, which are, of course, notorious. Or perhaps they…

Know Your Birds – Southern Ground Hornbill

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The Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is a large bird, most frequently encountered on the ground, and conspicuously plumaged in striking red and ...

Rare rallids of Harare in Zimbabwe

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Megan and I just returned from a 2-day birding trip to Harare, to make the most of the brief January to March window of opportunity (….but only in years of…

African Bird Club

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Birding Ecotours is a Gold sponsor of the African Bird Club because of this club’s solid track record of helping to conserve the continent’s birds.  African bird conservation is something…

Know your Birds – African Jacana

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If there were an award for the best father in the bird world, it would undoubtedly go to the African Jacana or “lily-trotter” (Actophilornis flavirostris)  as this waterbird is often called ...

Remote Madagascar and Comoros birding tour

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In November 2014, we did our first Malagasy “Owls of the World” ® tour, and it greatly exceeded expectations! We were seeking five of the world’s most localized ...

Know your Birds – Lilian’s Lovebird

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Go to All Blogs | African Birding Blogs | Know Your Birds Blogs “ It was upper and middle class women who, in many ways, established the hobby of bird-watching. They…

Know your Birds – The African Finfoot

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The Italian renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his flying machines. Not only did he wish to fly, but he also wanted to walk on…

The most urgent bird conservation priorities in Africa and its islands

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This note was written for the bulletin of the African Bird Club (https://www.africanbirdclub.org/) (ABC) and is published here on our blog with permission from ...

Africa’s best-kept birding secret: the endemic-rich woodlands of South-central Africa

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I always find it extremely surprising that Zambia and Malawi are not bombarded by birders. I guess these countries are just not ...