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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January/February 2017




The evil of two Lessers  

A fierce territorial struggle between two Lesser Jacanas in the Okavango Delta.

Balancing Act    

Prelena Soma Owen freezes a moment in time between two Pied Kingfishers.

Final Round  

A Grey Heron makes short work of an Egyptian Goose chick.

Gang Busters

A group of Southern Ground-Hornbills stands its ground to drive off a family of side-striped jackals.


Profile: Albert Froneman

Albert Froneman is widely acknowledged as one of the region’s best bird photographers, but he also has a full-time job as an environmental consultant. We find out a bit more about the man behind the lens.

Blended family

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Larks may appear to be rather uninteresting, but after studying the species’ breeding cycle, a group of citizen scientists discovered some intriguing behaviour.

Odd one out?

The Karoo Scrub Robin is a familiar bird in south-western Africa, but it has some peculiarities compared to other scrub robins. In his final article, Terry Oatley contemplated who its closest living relatives might be.

Personal Best

A most loved bird

The charming Cape Robin-chat evokes special, bitter-sweet memories for Malcolm Drummond.

BIRD OF THE YEAR 2017: Lappet-faced Vulture

Dark Skies

David Allan highlights the threats and challenges that vultures face throughout Africa, and introduces the new Bird of the Year.


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