South Africa’s endemic birds

10,000 Birds

Drakensberg (or Orange-breasted) Rockjumper is a Drakensberg Mountain species whose range is shared with the tiny landlocked kingdom of Lesotho. One of the Drakensberg Rockjumper ’s most reliable stake-outs is Sani Pass, a winding 4×4 track from the village of Himeville into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. In 1996, several pipit specimens were collected for DNA analysis and it turned out that there was not one, but two new species to science in this sample!


10,000 Birds

This image shows Sani Pass, a rough 4×4 track leading into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Durban museum based ornithologist Philip Clancey took numerous expeditions into Zululand and Mozambique, discovering several new subspecies as well as a new species to science, Lemon-breasted Canary in 1961. “ There is, perhaps, no better place in the world for birds than this country.

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