Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition

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And so, back to political entities, this field guide covers Namibia , Botswana , Zimbabwe , the southern half of Mozambique (south of the Zambezi River), South Africa , Lesotho and Eswatini ( Swaziland ).

What is a Palm-thrush?

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It all comes back to a split in one of the great bird families, the Turdidae, or thrushes. Once upon a time, when I started birding, this great family included a wide range of species collectively known as the robins and chats. But then the family was split and the chats and robins instead found themselves with the Old World flycatchers, Muscicapidae. The family reunited in safety.

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Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

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It was founded as a safe place for refugees from the Mozambique Civil War , which ran from 1977 to 1992. It is a good place for South African birders, as several species are found here and nowhere else in South Africa, and it holds a small number of endemics that it shares with the Mozambique lowlands. It was pretty awesome to see so many tuskers, as well as families of elephants safe in their special park.

Landfill by Tim Dee: Review

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In one of the first of Dee’s observations about gullers he calls them: “men leaving their homes and their families to spend time peering at arsey birds in some of the arseholes of the world.”. Claire didn’t stopped there, but repeated the same kind of rediscovery after the war in Mozambique. I have visited my local landfill for the last seven years, usually several times per winter, only to recently stumble upon a book called the Landfill!

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Pink in Africa

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This species is a southern African endemic, restricted to, but fortunately not uncommon, in dry woodland and sand forest habitats of northern Zululand, Swaziland, scattered pockets of north-eastern South Africa and southern Mozambique. Its mostly found on the ground in thickets or the edges of dense vegetation and usually in small family parties.

KwaZulu-Natal

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The famous Verreaux family who made several expeditions into the province through the 1820’s and 1830’s procuring specimens for rich collectors. Gurney’s Sugarbird was discovered by the Verreaux family and named after wealthy English banker and amateur naturalist John Gurney from Norwich. The sunbird was named in honor of Neergaard, a mining staff recruiting officer for Goldfields based in southern Mozambique who assisted Captain Grant during his expedition.

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Africa’s Barbets

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Originally they were all placed in the family Capitonidae , but over time taxonomists have determined that actual relationships between these barbets are far more complex. In the Neotropics the barbets have been placed into two families, the original Capitonidae (New World Barbets) with 14 species and Semnornithidae (Toucan Barbets) with 2 species (Toucan and Prong-billed Barbet). Gray-throated Barbet is one of the plainer members of the African Barbet family.