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Birding in Pafuri Region

The drives along the banks of the Levuvhu River via the Nyalaland Drive (S64) or the picnic site/Crook's Corner loop (S63), take visitors through some of the most potentially productive birding territory in South Africa . One can simply spend several hours in the Pafuri Picnic Site itself, with Trumpeter Hornbill, Purple-crested Turaco (Lourie), Black-throated Wattle-eye (Wattle-eyed Flycatcher), Tropical Boubou, Meve’s (Long-tailed Starling), Narina Trogon, Thick-billed Cuckoo (summer only), Gorgeous, Grey-headed and Orange-breasted Bush-shrike and several different species of robin, sunbird and firefinch all potentially swelling one's list. Other rarities for the Park recorded at the picnic site include Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove, Brown Scrub Robin and African Wood Owl.

Another rewarding place to spend time is the tar road's bridge over the Levuvhu River . Horus Swift is regularly seen here alongside the commoner Little and White-rumped Swifts. White-crowned Lapwing (Plover) and Finfoot are also regularly recorded from the bridge's vantage-point. The reeds and undergrowth may hold Red-faced and Black-backed Cisticola. It is also a good place to watch for Birds of Prey including the magnificent Crowned Eagle. For the lucky ones the chance of locating a roosting Pel's Fishing Owl makes scanning all large riverine trees worthwhile.

Above the baobabs along the Nyala Drive is an excellent place to search for both Böhm's and MottledSpinetails, while the drive is also good for recording Crested Guineafowl and Meve’s(Long-tailed) Starling. A journey to Crook's Corner should produce White-fronted Bee-eater and Broad-billed Roller (summer) while Lemon-breasted Canary is frequently recorded in the Hyphaene palms not far from the lookout point. Scaly-throated Honeyguide has also been recorded near this spot.

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