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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The FitzPatrick Report

One good turn…

Exploring honeyguide‒human mutualism

Claire Spottiswoode investigates the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and the Greater Honeyguide in parts of Africa.

Camera Action

Hunger strikes

Some opportunistic birds in the arid Kgalagadi National Park have learnt to take advantage of other birds congregating at waterholes.


Trade off

Official support for Grey Parrots  

Rowan Martin of the World Parrot Trust discusses the steps being taken to protect the endangered Grey Parrot from the trade in the species that is so rife in some African countries.

To the edge and back

Celebrating seabirds  

Flock at Sea 2017 promises to be the largest ever group of people birding together over a period of several days. Peter Ryan considers what attracts thousands of birders to gather for the mother of all pelagic birding trips.



Top guns

In southern Africa we are privileged to have a relative abundance of birds of prey to enjoy and photograph. Albie Venter showcases some of his favourite images of these supreme hunters.