what a fantastic place to go for a holiday, Denise and I were there less
than a year ago. I have the Newmans Green Edition and hopefully some answers
1. Black Kite, Milvus migrans migrans
Yellowbilled Kite, M. aegyptius
2. Forest Buzzard, Buteo trizonatus
Steppe Buzzard, B. buteo vulpinus
3. Cape Sparrow, Passer melanurus, the only reference I could find for
mossie is that it is an Africaans word for sparrow.
We plan to go back there in the not to distant future. I was very impressed
with the value of our dollar and the overall value for money a holiday in
South Africa can be. Not to mention the birds and mammals.
I have just returned from a family holiday in Southern Africa (mostly South
>Africa) where I saw just over 300 species of birds. It was good birding
>(and animalling) and I found the South Africans to be very friendly and
>I used Sinclair's "Birds of Southern Africa", First (?) Edition, 1993,
>which was the only guide in Andrew Isles' bookshop at the time. I resisted
>the temptation to buy the Newman's Green Edition while in SA in order to
>save weight. I am now trying to enter my sightings into BirdBase for
>Windows data base and am having the usual troubles since Sinclair uses
>Sibley and Ahlquist/Monroe (1990) while BirdBase uses Clements'
>classification. I would much appreciate some help on the following
>problems from either our South African members or others with SA knowledge.
>Black Kite/Yellow-billed Kite: HANZAB Volume 2 suggests to me that the
>Yellow-billed Kite is M. migrans parasitus, a subspecies of the Black Kite.
> Is this the case?
>Forest/Steppe/Common Buzzard: Sinclair has a Forest Buzzard, Buteo
>tachardus, and a Steppe Buzzard, B. buteo which must be the local
>subspecies of the Common Buzzard. Is the Forest Buzzard a full species?
>Mossie/Cape Sparrow: BirdBase calls Passer melanurus the Mossie and P.
>diffusus the Cape Sparrow. Sinclair has P. melanurus as the Cape Sparrow
>and no P. diffusus. What is the correct common name?