Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2016 World Bird Families 14 Painted-snipes; Turacos; Woodhoopoes & Scimitar-bills; Hornbills; African Barbets; Honeyguides; Wattle-eyes & Batises; Van- gas, Helmetshrikes (IOC only), & Allies; Bushshrikes & Allies; Nicators; and African Warblers. Finfoots can also be sought here if missed elsewhere. The only nation necessary to visit in East Africa is Uganda, the "Pearl of Africa". The reason for its inclusion is simple: Shoebill, which is most reliably found stalking the papyrus swamps near the capital. It can be visited year-round. A trip into the mon - tane forests in the far south of the coun- try is also essential to find Gray-chested Illadopsis (Babbler), the sole member of the Dapple-throat & Allies family (cur- rently recognized only under IOC) that is targeted using our strategy. Uganda also offers good chances for the following fami- lies: Secretary-bird, Cranes, Hamerkop, Ground-Hornbills, Honeyguides, Hyliotas, Fairy Flycatchers, Yellow Flycatchers (IOC only), and Indigobirds. It is a good place to find Finfoots; Thick-knees; Turacos; Mousebirds; Woodhoopoes & Scimitar- bills; African Barbets; African & Green Broadbills; Wattle-eyes & Batises; Oxpeck - ers; Vangas, Helmetshrikes (IOC only) & Allies; and Bushshrikes & Allies. South Africa is an essential stop for three families: Ostriches, Rockjumpers, and Sug- arbirds (the latter two near-endemic), and all are readily found around Cape Town within a few days any time of year, although September to February is the most productive time. Ven- turing around the Cape should also yield a glut of other important fami- lies, including several that are tricky to find elsewhere, such as Pen- guins, Secretary-bird, Bustards, Flufftails, Cranes, Sandgrouse, and Fairy Flycatchers. A side trip to Kruger National Park, won- derful for both bird and animal lovers, is recommended to find Oxpeckers and give yourself a further shot at finding Thick- knees; African Barbets; Woodhoopoes & Scimitar-bills; and Ground-Hornbills. Clockwise from bottom: n Prezvalski's Pinktail - CHINA. Photo © Keith Barnes/tropicalbirding.com n White-necked Picathartes - GHANA. Photo © Ken Behrens n Subdesert Mesite - MADAGASCAR. Photo © Ken Behrens

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