There are many species of birds, 918 of which have been seen in Southern Africa. There are about 9,000 species of birds in the entire world. This page will talk about African Birds to birds outside Africa:


          OLD  WORLD BIRDS

The Old World was the part of the world that  was known to European people before they discovered America. The Old World consists of Asia, Africa, and Europe.These are some of the birds that come from the Old World. ( Please note that if I repeat, for instance, 'About Raptors,' that I am talking about Eurasian, Asian, and Australasian Raptors, or whatever the heading is. This is the same with the New World) :


 Flightless Birds


Aquatic Birds

  • About Aquatic Birds
  • Loons and Grebes
  • Albatrosses and Petrels
  • Pelicans and Tropical Seabirds
  • Storks, Ibises, Spoonbills, Flamingos and Herons
  • Ducks and Geese


  • About Raptors
  • Eagles
  • Hawks
  • Owls
  • Kestrels and Falcons
  • Vultures
  • Buteos
  • Secretarybird


  • About Gamebirds
  • Grouse and Pheasants
  • Quails
  • Other Gamebirds


  • About Waders
  • Coots and relatives
  • Cranes
  • Plovers, Curlews and other Waders

Near - Passerines

  • About Near - Passirines
  • Pigeons and Doves
  • Parrots
  • Cukoos and Louries
  • Swifts and Needletails
  • Mousebirds and Trogons
  • Kingfishers
  • Bee - Eaters and Hornbills
  • Woodpeckers and Barbets


  • About Passerines
  • Forest Passerines
  • Swallows and Martins
  • LBJs
  • Shrikes and Mockingbirds
  • Thrushes and Robins
  • Old World Warblers
  • Tits and White - Eyes
  • Sunbirds and Spiderhunters
  • Buntings and Sparrows
  • Weavers
  • Finches
  • Starlings
  • Old World Orioles
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Crows, Ravens, Jays and Jackdaw





A Woollynecked Stork.

Like all Pelicans, Pinkbacked Pelicans are great fishers.

 Spectacled Weavers sound a bit like Woodland Kingfishers and look like Cape Weavers.

Water towers  are excellent perches for birds like Woollynecked Stork.


The New World was the part of the world that was not known to Europeans until the Vikings discovered Newfoundland under the leadership of Leif EricsonNearly 500 years later, Christopher Columbus found the West Indies. The New World consists of North and South America, Antarctica, and Oceania. These are some birds from the New World.

Flightless Birds

  • Rheas
  • Flightless Cormorant



 White Storks migrate from England, Germany, and other parts of Europe to Eygpt, Mauritania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkino Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, D.R. Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa.

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