Birding in South Africa's National Parks

14 Jun 2018 - 12:30

This is the first book dedicated to birding in South Africa’s national parks - The book offers a concise introduction and summary of birding in the the 19 national parks which are grouped within the four biogeographic regions; northern, arid, frontier and Cape regions. Pertinent and interesting facts about where to find birds, including the special birds of each park, and a description of general habitats are presented in a readable fashion. More than 80 photographs by Maans Booysen illustrate some of the special birds found in the parks. Of the 700 regularly seen terrestrial bird species in South Africa, at least 640 can be found in the 19 national parks, with 13 of the 18 species endemic to South Africa and another 19 of the 20 species endemic to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. A further 56 species are endemic to southern Africa, bringing the total number of southern African endemic birds found in the parks to 88 species. Bird species commonly found in each park are listed in a table at the back of the book. Birding in South Africa’s National Parks will be a worthy addition to the bookshelves of bird enthusiasts, particularly birders and nature-based tourists visiting South Africa from across the world.