Media and Resources

Science and Innovation Programme

1. Checklists

Checklist of Birds in South Africa 2020

This page provides the official BirdLife South Africa checklists in both English and Afrikaans.

To download the PDF versions of the checklists please click here.

If you have any queries or comments, please email Chris Lotz.


1  Colyn R, Whitecross M, Howes C, Smit-Robinson HA. 2020. Restricted breeding habitat of the Critically Endangered White winged Fluftail in Ethiopia and its conservation implications. Ostrich, in press.
2  Colyn R, Henderson, CL, Altwegg, R, Smit-Robinson HA. 2020. Habitat transformation and climate change: Implications for the distribution, population status, and colony extinction of Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus) in southern Africa. The Condor DOI:10.1093/condor/duz064. PDF available here.
3  Colyn R, Smith D, Smith Y, Smit‐Robinson HA, Downs T. 2019. Predicted distributions of avian specialists: A framework for conservation of endangered forests under future climates. Diversity and Distributions 00:1-16. PDF available here.


1  Whitecross MW, Retief EF, Smit-Robinson HA. 2019. Dispersal dynamics of juvenile Secretarybirds Sagittarius serpentarius in southern Africa. Ostrich 90(2): 97-110. PDF available here.
2  Colyn R, Campbell A, Smit-Robinson HA. 2019. The site occupancy, activity patterns and behaviour of Critically Endangered White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi and other rallid species in palustrine wetlands, South Africa. Bird Conservation International 1: 1-16. PDF available here.


1  Colyn R, Campbell A, Smit-Robinson HA. 2017. The application of camera trapping to assess rallidae species richness within wetland habitat types, eastern Free State, South Africa. Ostrich. 2017: 1–11 (ISSN 0030–6525). PDF available here.


1  Retief EF, Smit-Robinson HA, de Swardt DH. 2015. Egyptian Geese nesting in Secretarybird nests. Ornithological Observations 6: 215-216. PDF available here.
2  Davies GBP, Retief EF, Smit-Robinson HA. 2014. Snakes in the diet of Secretarybirds Sagittarius serpentarius: an example from Balfour, Mpumalanga: Ornithological Observations 5: 361-364. PDF available here.
3  Colyn R, Smit-Robinson HA. 2016. Fennoscandian-ringed Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) recovery, Ingula, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Biodiversity Observations 7: 1-5. PDF available here.
4  Marnewick MD, Retief EF, Theron NT, Wright DR, Anderson TA. 2015. Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas of South Africa. Johannesburg: BirdLife South Africa. PDF available here.
5  Marnewick MD, Retief EF, Wright DR, Theron NT. 2015. South Africa’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Status Report 2015. Johannesburg: BirdLife South Africa. PDF available here.