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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Bird of the Year 2017  

Lappet-faced Vulture

Power struggle

Electricity transmission pylons can pose a deadly threat to large birds of prey such as vultures. Although the problem dates back more than half a century, we are nowhere near finding a solution.


Personal Best

Going all out for a duck

Tony Archer’s quest for the 800th species on his life-list turned into far more than he had bargained for.

Hiding in plain sight

Discovering Booted Eagle nests in South Africa

In article written shortly before he died, Rob Martin looks back over 50 years of discovering that the Booted Eagle not only is a Palearctic migrant to South Africa, but also has a flourishing breeding population in the region.

Best of both worlds  

Peregrine Falcons of the Cape Peninsula

Raptor researcher Andrew Jenkins allows us an intimate view of the raptors that he has studied and photographed for a number of decades.

Shining Light

Passionate about birds of prey and a dedicated field researcher, Dr Andrew Jenkins.

On the hunt

Predator–prey interactions in Little Sparrowhawk

Observations of the hunting methods employed by a pair of Little Sparrowhawks, as well

as their interaction with other predators.


Talking Tech

A review of some of the latest models of Zeiss binoculars.