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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What a waste
Plastic pollution update
Plastics have become essential to virtually all aspects of modern society. But this comes at a huge
environmental cost as massive volumes of waste plastic end up in wetlands and the sea, where they
have a host of impacts. Peter Ryan explains.

Swift Tern colonies usually occur on offshore islands, but in 2018 one of the largest colonies was on
a building in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.

Splitting the difference
Fork-tailed Drongo
Recent research suggests that one of the three subspecies of Fork-tailed Drongo occurring in
southern Africa should be considered a separate species.

Beating the odds
Kenya’s Lake Naivasha
Andrew Jenkins spent time at Lake Naivasha, participating in a two-day survey during which more
than 220 African Fish Eagles were counted.

Distinguishing between Cape and African Yellow white-eyes
Hugh Chittenden presents a couple of sure-fire clues to help distinguish between Cape and African
Yellow white-eyes in the north-eastern regions of South Africa.

Fired up
A year after a fire devastated residential areas of Knysna, a homeowner is reaping the rewards of
regenerating his garden with indigenous plants.

Photo Finish
A Black Crake dashes out into the open while photographer Richard du Toit waits for a somnolent
elephant to stir.