Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Kruger National Park. Photo © Keith Barnes Green-winged Pytilia. Photo © Adam Riley Saddle-billed Stork. Photo © Photoservice 38 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 outh America, with far more species than any other landmass, is without a doubt "the bird continent". But Africa is "the birding continent", and perhaps nowhere else are birds as brightly col- ored, abundant, and easy to see! The "Rainbow Nation" of South Africa represents the very best of the continent and is one of the planet's most pleasurable destinations for travel. Along with offering unrivaled birding and wildlife viewing, world-class infrastructure, and low travel costs, South Africa has been listed by Conservation International as one of the world's 17 megadiverse nations; it harbors a large proportion of the planet's fauna and fora. On the birding front, South Africa boasts the largest number of regionally endemic bird species of any African country, as well as rich seabird di- versity and many widespread, yet no-less-spectacular African birds. Add to this the greatest wildfower show on the planet, fne food and wines, friendly people, fascinating history, and scenic splendor, and it's not hard to see why South Africa is such a popular destination. S 7-South Africa.indd 38 3/4/14 1:11 PM

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