FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

BIRDS

With more than 860 species, South Africa supports an exceptionally varied avifauna. The best areas for birding are in the northeast (especially the Kruger National Park, Ndumo Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park). Avian diversity is greatest from September to April, when migrants arrive and residents shed their drab plumage to emerge in brilliant breeding colours.

TAXONOMY

A considerable body of genetic and fossil evidence has helped establish that birds are most properly placed with crocodiles as the only living members of the Archosauria, a group that also includes the extinct dinosaurs.

FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

Marabou Stork (LC)

Species Leptoptilos ...

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