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):