One million Southern African bird records


This video says about itself:

Gyps africanus is the most widespread and common vulture in Africa. Its global population has been estimated at 270,000 individuals.

The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail. Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation. It often moves in flocks. It requires tall trees for nesting.

From BirdLife (more extensively, here):

One million South African bird records!

02-07-2009

Just two years ago, an exciting project was initiated to map the distribution of birds in Southern Africa using the efforts of keen civil society volunteers. Early on the morning of Monday 29 June, the millionth record was submitted to the project! …

Over the past few days, atlasers eagerly kept their eyes on the website, waiting to watch the meter tick over to the one millionth bird. Finally it did. The millionth record was recorded by atlaser Christopher Patton, that of a White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus, ironically a species predicted to be negatively affected by climate and land-use change.

The Limpopo lowveld area have 500+ bird species: here.

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