Birding the Kruger Park (3): Malelane area

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We had been driving through Eswatini (Swaziland) for a few hours during the day, coming from Ndumo. I usually do not write much about traveling to and from birding places but my friend and I arrived in Malelane in the afternoon.

South Africa’s endemic birds

10,000 Birds

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! Another near-endemic, shared only with tiny Lesotho and Swaziland is the bizarre Southern Bald Ibis. Like the Southern Bald Ibis, its range just extends into Lesotho and Swaziland and family groups occur in rocky and mountainous areas from the Cape Peninsula northwards into eastern South Africa.