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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Makgadikgadi wetland extravaganza
The Makgadikgadi salt pans in central Botswana have long been known internationally for their spectacular birding. In 2018, exceptional rains flooded the pans and resulted in a phenomenal waterbird breeding event. Ken Oake and Mark Muller documented the occurrence.
Can’t afford to tick a rockfowl? Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk went on self-guided birding outings around Accra, Ghana, and discovered that this was a low-cost option that could deliver rich rewards.
Researcher Krista Oswald describes the challenges that her study species, the endemic and Near Threatened Cape Rockjumper, is facing in its restricted fynbos habitat.
Splitting the Difference
In the second of his articles on cisticola identification, Hugh Chittenden highlights the gender differences in the breeding season between nine of the species that occur in southern Africa.
Nests & Nesting: Weaver wars
Weavers take the task of house-hunting and tenant occupancy to a vicious and uncompromising level.
We review the new Leica APO Televid 82 with 25–50x WW zoom eyepiece.
Understanding the basics of digital photography
Grant Atkinson’s concise guide to using digital cameras for bird photography and tips for fine-tuning your creative skills.
Southern African Bird Atlas Project
A makeover of the SABAP2 website will now provide a more seamless experience for atlasers.
Bird of the Year 2019
The origins of both the common and genus names of the Secretarybird remain frustratingly obscure.