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10 photos of incredible birds from South Africa’s Western Cape

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Africa is home to seven paradise-flycatcher species — spectacular crested songbirds. Many of the species have mostly rufous plumage, and in several, the males have notably long tails. In this species, which is found around most of the continent, the male’s tail is about 7 inches long (18 cm), approximately as long as his body. My guide, Ruaan Barnard, had only seen the species on the Grootbos property three times in two years. Last Thursday, he was able to locate this bird and shoot this photo before it flew off.

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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