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MALAWI

Saturday 11th November - Monday 27th November 2006

Mark Van Beirs

On our recent visit to the extensive miombo woodlands, mopane forests, montane copses, rolling open moorlands, dense thickets and riverine marshes of the small, friendly and little-known Central African country of Malawi we recorded 392 species of birds and 30 species of mammals. The bird of the tour was the formidable and much-wanted Pel’s Fishing Owl and other highlights included White-backed Night Heron, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Wattled Crane, Red-chested Flufftail, Lesser Jacana, Lilian’s Lovebird, Böhm’s Bee-eater, Pale-billed Hornbill, Whyte’s Barbet, Stierling’s Woodpecker, Blue Swallow, Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Boulder Chat, Arnott’s Chat, White-chested Alethe, White-winged Apalis, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Souza’s Shrike, Black-fronted Bush Shrike, White-winged Babbling Starling, Anchieta’s Sunbird, Olive-headed Weaver, Green Twinspot and Locust Finch. Amongst a good crop of mammals we will remember the splendid observations of Serval and Roan and Sable Antelopes.