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The Third Record of a Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis in Kwazulu-Natal


This article describes the third ringing record of a Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis in the South African province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. It also reviews the distribution of the species across the southern Africa region as shown by the trapping records held by SAFRING.

In February 2005, I visited White Elephant Lodge (WEL), which forms part of The Pongola Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. The 2006 ringing sessions at WEL were my third at the site, following short visits in 2004 and 2005. As well as producing a broad range of Afrotropical species, the site has produced a good selection of Palearctic migrant species including European Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris), Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina), Olivetree Warbler (H. olivetorum), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) and Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus).

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