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Scaly-feathered Finch records in KNP

2019-05-14 (838)

Scaly-feathered Finch, photo by Leigh Hoets
During Jan 2010-Mar 2011 Scaly-feathered Finch was found breeding near Pafuri in the Kruger National Park (see paper). The species was seen regularly for 15 months in the Makuleke Contract Park area of the northern KNP.

After a lapse of 8 years or so, there have been recent sightings of this species from northern KNP.

Two Scaly-feathered Finches were photographed by Leigh Hoets along the S53 about 9km south of Babalala Picnic Site in the Kruger National Park on 4 May 2019. See SA Rare Bird News Report - 6 May 2019.

On 13 May there was a record of a small group of Scaly-feathered Finches seen in the north-western corner of the Makuleke Concession, ie in the same area where the first records (2010-11) were made. See SA Rare Bird News Report - 13 May 2019.

The Scaly-feathered Finch shows increases and decreases in different parts of its range in South Africa - see Range changes.

Map of Scaly-feathered Finch records
in Limpopo and northern KNP

Big green grids - SABAP1
Small blue grids - SABAP2
Marker L - paper from 2010-11
Black dot - Babalala Picnic Site