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African Birdlife|May - June 2020

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Korhaan confrontation
PHILIP AND INGRID VAN DEN BERG

In the past, the endemic Southern Black Korhaan Afrotis afra was regu­larly encountered in the fynbos, renosterveld and succulent karoo of the Western and Eastern Cape, but today it is seldom seen. A polygynous species, it is known for the spectacular aerial display that the courting male performs to impress females. One or occasionally two eggs are laid in spring in a slight depression in bare soil and covered with strands of grass. Only the female incu­bates and broods the eggs and chicks, but both male and female are vigilant in their defence and actively drive out potential predators.

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May - June 2020