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Birds of South Africa’s pristine Lowveld landscape

Photo by Matt Mendenhall

Woodland Kingfisher

This bird is a common summer resident, migrating to the Lowveld from farther north in Africa. Even though it is a kingfisher, it tends to be seen away from water in a variety of wooded habitats.

Photo by Matt Mendenhall

Common Scimitarbill

Scimitarbills are an endemic African family of three extraordinary species. They all have glossy black or purple-black plumage. Common Scimitarbill has a long curved bill. This bird was in a tree outside my room, probing deep into holes and twisting and turning in search of prey.

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and You can reach him at [email protected].

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