Birds of South Africa’s pristine Lowveld landscape

Photo by Matt Mendenhall

Golden-tailed Woodpecker

This species is widespread in forests and woodlands south of the equator. Heavy streaking on the cheeks and throat are reliable field marks. This particular bird was attending a nest in a nearby tree.

Photo by Matt Mendenhall

White-crested Helmetshrike

This bird, also known as the White Helmetshrike, is widespread south of the Sahara in mixed woodlands and acacia savannas. I saw several small flocks in various locations at Sabi Sabi.

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. 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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