Gallery: South Africa’s birdlife

Photographed by Luke Harwood

South Africa is one of the world’s top birding destinations, with enthusiasts from around the globe travelling to feast their eyes on some of the 850+ species to be seen. Of these, 53 are endemic to South Africa and in terms of the Southern African region, close on 180 are near-endemic. The country is also a part-time home to migrant birds from Europe, the Arctic and Antarctica, Central Asia, and China.

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Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola)

Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola)
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Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
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Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)

Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
 
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Helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
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Helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
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Red-crested Korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista)

Red-crested Korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista)
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Red-crested Korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista)

Red-crested Korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista)
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Dusky Sunbird (Cinnyris fusca)

Dusky Sunbird (Cinnyris fusca)
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African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
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African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
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African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
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Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
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Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
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Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres)

Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres)
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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)
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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)
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Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus)

Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus)
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Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)

Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)
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Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
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Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
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Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)

Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)
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