African Birdlife
BirdLife South Africa's magazine, African Birdlife

African Birdlife is a bi-monthly magazine and includes well-written articles and stunning photographs of our continent's birds. It is an important mouthpiece for BirdLife South Africa to create awareness about bird research and conservation work.

We also have the expert assistance of two scientific advisors, Professors Peter Ryan and Andrew McKechnie. The magazine production is managed by the African Birdlife Management Committee, and the committee is chaired by David Chamberlain.

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Pulling power

Makgadikgadi wetland extravaganza

The Makgadikgadi salt pans in central Botswana have long been known internationally for their spectacular birding. In 2018, exceptional rains flooded the pans and resulted in a phenomenal waterbird breeding event. Ken Oake and Mark Muller documented the occurrence.

 

Cheap thrills

Can’t afford to tick a rockfowl? Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk went on self-guided birding outings around Accra, Ghana, and discovered that this was a low-cost option that could deliver rich rewards.

 

Rocky Road

Researcher Krista Oswald describes the challenges that her study species, the endemic and Near Threatened Cape Rockjumper, is facing in its restricted fynbos habitat.

 

Splitting the Difference

In the second of his articles on cisticola identification, Hugh Chittenden highlights the gender differences in the breeding season between nine of the species that occur in southern Africa.

 

Nests & Nesting: Weaver wars

Weavers take the task of house-hunting and tenant occupancy to a vicious and uncompromising level.

 

Talking Tech

We review the new Leica APO Televid 82 with 25–50x WW zoom eyepiece.

 

Trigger happy

Understanding the basics of digital photography

Grant Atkinson’s concise guide to using digital cameras for bird photography and tips for fine-tuning your creative skills.

 

Southern African Bird Atlas Project

A makeover of the SABAP2 website will now provide a more seamless experience for atlasers.

 

Bird of the Year 2019   

The origins of both the common and genus names of the Secretarybird remain frustratingly obscure.

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