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Until relatively recently, most people were drawn to Kruger National Park because of the large mammals, and the chance of being able to see all of the ‘Big 5’ of Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, African Elephant and ‘Rhinoceros’ (of which there are actually two species – Black Rhinoceros and White Rhinoceros). Now, of the nearly 1·4 million visitors that come to the park each year, many have a much broader interest in wildlife. The companion to this book, Animals of Kruger National Park (see page 216), covers all the mammals, reptiles and frogs that you are most likely to encounter on a 1–2 week visit to Kruger or the adjacent reserves. However, many of these animals spend large parts of the day sleeping or resting, and discovering Kruger’s remarkable birds can provide a fascinating alternative at such times. Bird watching can become addictive, so consider yourself warned! Of the 500 or so birds recorded in Kruger, about half are resident species, some are regular migrants and the remainder are rare or irregular. This book covers 259 species and has been designed to help the visitor identify at least 95% of the birds that are likely to be encountered on any given day. Although the majority of the species included in this book are common and widespread, some rarer birds that are highly conspicuous, distinctive or particularly sought-after are also covered. To improve your chances of encountering Kruger’s amazing birdlife, details are also provided on where to go to have the best chance of finding those species that are particularly localized. If you want to know more about all the birds that might occur in the park and/or are interested in telling apart particularly difficult groups of species such as nightjars or cisticolas, suggestions for further reading are provided on page 216. Although the focus of this guide is the birds of the Kruger National Park, it will be just as useful in areas adjacent to the park where there are similar habitats. About this book blue waxbill 7 ...