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 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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