South Africa is home to more than 500 bird species of which only a few can be presented in this travel guide. Among them are migratory birds like the African Hoopoe (bottom right), minute nectar birds like the Collared Sunbird (centre left), colourful Redbreasted Robins like the Green Twinspot (top right), roller birds like the Lilac-Breasted Roller (bottom, 2nd from left), innumerable birds of prey like the Martial Eagle (bottom, 3rd from left), exotic cranes like the Crowned Crane (centre right) and rhino birds like the Yellow-Beak Toko (bottom left). Many species of icebirds are also represented here, including the nimble Kingfisher (top left). This tiny bird can often be found sitting in the reeds waiting for a fish to show up beneath it in the water. Then it will shoot downwards like an arrow, dive and pick up the fish with its daggerlike beak. It will reappear immediately at the surface and propel itself out of the water. The whole action is over in two seconds.