African Broadbill – shadow dancer of the understorey

One of the most enigmatic forest birds of the tropical understorey is the characteristic African Broadbill. Shy and unobtrusive at the best of times it is usually located by its audible wing whirring display flight from a favoured perch during the first light of dawn....

MAGICAL AND MYSTICAL ‘MASHATU’….

INTRODUCTION There is a place, a very special place steeped in iron age history, one may even describe it as sacred, in the heart of a remote and pristine landscape of red stone outcrops and meandering river beds set deep within a sprawling bushveld environment. Its...

DIAGNOSTIC NAMES – CUT-THROAT FINCH

While ‘common’ bird names of a descriptive nature are generally of benefit in aiding identification some are downright confusing as the diagnostic feature referred to is not always readily apparent. White-backed Duck and Red-eyed Dove are two classic examples of a...