There are 52 cards in the pack (plus the free card you’ll receive with the November issue) and every card has information about one of South Africa’s birds.

The birds compete in the following categories: 


Distribution 

Distribution
Distribution

These maps tell you how easy it will be to see a bird on an outing. Red trumps orange, and orange trumps green.

Height 

Height
Height

The tallest bird wins the round.

Weight 

Weight
Weight

The heaviest bird wins the round.

Conservation status 

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Conservation status

These icons show how endangered a bird is in South Africa. The more endangered, the higher the value of the icon.

Numbers in the wild

Numbers in the wild
Population

The fewer birds remaining in the wild, the rarer that bird is and the higher the value of the card. For example, there are fewer than 50 white-winged flufftails left in South Africa, which trumps the African penguin with an estimated population of 40 000.

What makes it different?

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Diderick cuckoo cards (left) and trophy cards (right)

Diderick cuckoo cards 

There are four Diderick cuckoo cards – they are the jokers and can switch up the game. For example, one card instructs you to exchange all your cards with the other player. (Just when you thought you had a winning hand! – Ed.)

TROPHY CARD

There are eight trophy cards: These feature special or rare birds, like the bearded vulture (of which there are only 200 left) or the shy African finfoot. You can count yourself very lucky if you see one of these birds in your lifetime. The first player to collect four trophy cards wins.

Where can I buy it?

Look on the magazine shelf in supermarkets, or order a pack (R100) from winkel.weg.co.za


Thank you to bird expert Faansie Peacock for contributing illustrations, information and ideas.