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One of the side benefits of doing fieldwork in South Africa for my Hyobanche research is the ability to see a lot of beautiful birds at my field sites. Over the years I have seen more than 170 species of birds (probably more than this, but I didn’t start a list until 2006). There are about 860 species of birds found in South Africa, and about 950 or so that are found in Southern Africa. With only about 1-2% of the world’s land surface, South Africa is host to approximately 10% of all bird species. In other words, it’s a biodiversity hotspot for birds as well as plants, insects, and many other groups of organisms.

On November 19, 2013, I shared some of my birding experiences in South Africa with the OSU Ornithology Club. I’ve photographed 130 species of birds in South Africa – some just for identification, but some with good results.

Here is a sampler of some of the birds I’ve seen in South Africa (photos ©Andi Wolfe – all rights reserved):

African darter in flight

African darter in flight

Bar-throated Apalis

Bar-throated Apalis

Bishop bird

Southern Red Bishop

African red-eyed bulbuls

African red-eyed bulbuls

Ludwig's Bustard

Ludwig’s Bustard

Cape Canary

Cape Canary

Cape Francolin

Cape Spurfowl

Ant-eating chat

Ant-eating chat

Cape Cormorant

Cape Cormorant

Blue cranes

Blue cranes and helmeted guineafowl

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Greater flamingos

Which way did he go?

Hartlaub’s gulls

I would really like some fish, please. . .

Kelp gulls

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Female Spotted Eagle Owl on the nest

Spotted Eagle Owl

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African penguins

White-fronted plover

White-fronted plover

Karoo Prinia

Karoo Prinia

2542.African spoonbill

African spoonbill

1680.Orange-breasted sunbird (1)

Orange-breasted sunbird

Mud grubbing

Greater striped swallows

Cape Weaver

Cape weaver

2976.Cape White-eye

Cape white-eye

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